Working to Improve Nova Scotia’s Education System

Your Liberal government recognizes how crucial it is to support the success of our province’s younger generation. This includes ensuring our education system is working as well as it can for the maximum benefit of students in Nova Scotia.

We are proud to announce we have hired an internationally recognized expert to review Nova Scotia’s education administrative model.  Avis Glaze will look at how public schools are administered, including elected school boards and their central office administration, along with administration at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Ms. Glaze served as Ontario’s education commissioner and senior adviser to the Minister of Education. She was the province’s first chief student achievement officer and founding CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat. She was awarded the Order of Ontario, as well as many international awards, for her contributions to education.

She has extensive experience in system and school improvement having worked with educators in almost 50 countries. She was sent to South Africa by the Canadian government to assist with education reform and national reconstruction and has assisted with education reform in New Zealand. Most recently, she was invited to assist Scotland with its system and school improvement. She has also been a classroom teacher, special education teacher, guidance counsellor, administrator and a faculty of education professor.

“It’s been two decades since we’ve taken a look at our administrative model. I believe we could benefit from the breadth and depth of experience that Avis will bring to bear on a review,” said Zach Churchill, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.

The review will begin immediately with a final report submitted to the Department by Dec. 31.

Together with the work of the Commission on Inclusive Education and the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions, this administrative review is another way your Liberal government is working to make our education system better for children in Nova Scotia. We look forward to hearing Ms. Glaze’s feedback on how we can strengthen our education system.