Maria Adelaida Lopez
AeioTU’s Executive Director, Maria Adelaida López Carrasquilla, is a well-known Colombian artist, and an expert in the Reggio Emilia philosophy. She has worked in aeioTU for the last 9 years making an impact in the lives of more than 144.100 children, improving the knowledge and abilities of more than 9.400 educators, and influencing the upbringing practices of more than 261.000 families.
She was the Pedagogical Director in this organization from 2008 to 2016, period in which she lead the creation of the aeioTU´s Educational Experience, the pedagogical model used in these educational centers. This model was nominated for the WISE award, which recognizes innovative projects that can have a major impact on global education. Within this model, María Adelaida led the development of aeioTU´s pedagogical curriculum, a set of pedagogical instruments designed to help teachers implement the aeioTU Educational Experience with quality, clarity and coherence. It represents the materialization of aeioTU´s many years of investigation and experience with different communities, a reflection of the effort made in order to share this experience and the knowledge acquired with Colombia and the entire world.
As the Pedagogical Director, María Adelaida also led aeioTU´s relationship with Reggio Children, which is enriched by the fact that aeioTU belongs to the Reggio Chlidren International Network. This is a community created to maintain an international dialogue with the aim to support the identity and work of Reggio Children and The Loris Malaguzzi International Center.
María Adelaida has been a university professor, guest artist and speaker, and a member and collaborator of national associations for early childhood in the United States. She graduated in Plastic Arts from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and obtained her masters in Arts at the Pennsylvania arts academy. She has participated in different workshops and seminars about art, education and the Reggio Emilia Philosophy, which took place in different institutions including the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, Harvard University, Loris Malaguzzi International Center, Massachusetts University, and the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, among others. She was an adviser at United Way Center for Excellence for four years and a founding member of the Visible Thinking Miami – Action Research Group for Early Childhood Education.
As an artist she has been exhibiting her artwork national and internationally for more than twenty years, and she has been able to develop an artistic body of work that has won awards and mentions in national art contexts. Her work has been covered in numerous publications and is part of the Banco de la Republica collection, the Art Museum in Medellin, and the Museum in Antioquia among others.