Many of you will remember with pleasure the visit of Dr Avis Glaze to Scotland a few years ago. Many more Scottish educators have had the privilege and pleasure of visiting Avis in Ontario as part of the SCIPD programme.
A highly respected leader and mentor to many Ontario educators, Avis has worked in several school districts, both rural and urban, and has been a supervisory officer and director of education in both public and catholic school boards. She knows education systems across the world firsthand and has been asked to work with educators in many countries, including, of course, here in Scotland.
The CPD Team were delighted when Avis agreed to act as a critical friend to the team, particularly in relation to the Leadership Framework that we are developing with our network partners.
She contacted us recently to say:
“Scotland’s leadership development model represents innovation at its best. It is current, creative and progressive in its approach. It is research-informed. It appeals to all domains of learning and achieves its strategic intentions by challenging minds, inspiring hearts, honing and acquiring new skills and stimulating action. It assumes an inside-out approach, beginning, as great thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle would, with the importance of self awareness and knowledge. It includes values, personal attributes and commitments. This Framework is truly comprehensive.
I commend the work of the National Continuing Professional Development (CPD) team for its fidelity to research, respect for the promising practices that exists in the field and its efforts to ensure international comparability for their model.
Well done! I am impressed! With such assiduous attention to deep implementation, the school system will continue to improve as you build upon current successes and push the boundaries for higher levels of student achievement. I hope there will be opportunities for us to work together as we continue in our efforts to close the achievement gap and ensure that schools deliver on their promise to educate all children successfully.
Within today’s global economy, and with international efforts to improve school systems, Scottish children deserve no less.
Needless to say we are delighted with this very positive endorsement and look forward to continuing to learn from this inspirational thinker and leader.