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Moving Towards Fit for Purpose Education

The Executive Director of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA), Ms. Maddy Hewitt, discusses a shift towards relevant learning in schools that teaches students to solve real-world problems.

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Madeleine Hewitt

Madeleine (“Maddy”) Hewitt is the Executive Director of Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools. Before taking on the position in July 2017, Ms. Hewitt had served previously in five International Schools; The International School of Tanganyika, Taipei American School, Cairo American College, the American International School of Johannesburg, and The KAUST School in Saudi Arabia. She holds a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College and an M-Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Ms. Hewitt has served in various positions during her tenure in schools. She started her educational career as a classroom teacher and then assumed positions of middle leadership for over ten years. Ms. Hewitt also served as a Curriculum Director (Cairo American College), High School Principal (Cairo American College and American International School of Johannesburg), and the Head of School at The Kaust School, a PreK-12 International Baccalaureate World School, serving a Science and Technology University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ms. Hewitt has presented at International conferences on a wide range of topics, including the architecture of deep learning, gender issues in schools, transforming school culture through inquiry-based education, diversity and inclusivity in schools, teacher-led appraisal, adult learning, and data-informed decision-making. Ms. Hewitt appreciates the case study method and believes it is an effective way to promote deep learning, practice skills, and drive change.

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