Learning Landscapes

About Me


My name is Madeleine Maceda Heide. I moved to Quito, Ecuador in August 2013 where I am working as the Director of Academia Cotopaxi American International School.

In this blog, I will write about our unique school community here at Academia Cotopaxi American International School in Quito, Ecuador – information about our students and their learning, the fascinating people who work here, interesting events taking place, reflections on issues, ideas, and stories. I will also share ideas about learning, new thinking about schools, and current provocative topics in education. I invite you to comment on the material shared here and engage in a dialogue about learning!

I’ve had extensive experience as a leader in international schools in several countries – the Philippines, Taiwan, the USA, Belgium, Hong Kong, India, and now Ecuador. I’ve been a teacher, team leader, educational coordinator, college instructor, divisional principal, assistant superintendent, and am now the director of a school. I enjoy developing strong communities with high-functioning work teams; leading various improvements in teaching and learning; nurturing healthy, positive relationships among teachers, staff, administrators, parents and children; and building advocacy for high quality student learning, parent education, and faculty and staff development.

I am passionate about working with others to build excellent places for learning that foster a 21st century mindset. I enjoy connecting with institutions that foster learning around the world, including schools, government and private organizations, NGOs, early childhood centers, teacher training colleges, social service and health-related organizations. I continue to be fascinated about how all kinds of people learn – from very young babies to the oldest generations, for men and for women, in impoverished areas and in affluent communities, within educational settings or outside of schools.  Learning is a natural quality of all humans and I am interested in what enables or impedes it.

I have spent significant time (and money) to be trained in several areas: adult education and professional development, systems for developing skillful, reflective teaching and learning; organizational development and systems thinking; Critical Friends Groups; assessment and use of data; balanced literacy; early childhood education; parent education.



This is my personal blog. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, suitability or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its use.


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