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New Interactive Map Connects Global to Local

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

Washington State is a leader when it comes to the global marketplace with companies like Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing in our backyard. We also have a strong presence in global philanthropy with the headquarters of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PATH here in the Pacific Northwest, and leading researchers in global health at the University of Washington.  Despite this global focus, our young people are not always aware of how to connect global to their local experience and education.

Through a partnership with Asia Society, School’s Out Washington is part of a multi-state project to share information and resources related to global learning in afterschool and youth development settings.

We are excited about a new resources launched this past week that provides more tools and resources to support a globally competent workforce and citizenry here at the local level.  “Mapping the Nation: Linking Local to Global,” a new online resource from Asia Society, the Longview Foundation, and analytics leader SAS, is an interactive map that pulls together demographic, economic, and education indicators—nearly one million data points—to show that the United States is a truly global nation. – See more at: http://mappingthenation.net/about.html#sthash.BRliC7lb.dpuf

Nearly one million data points have been collected to prove what parents, businesspeople, and policymakers already know: American students must be globally competent to succeed in the interconnected 21st century.

Launched at the U.S. Department of Education by Secretary Duncan, Mapping the Nation presents data at state and county levels to show international connections for every county in the U.S. – from jobs tied to global trade and immigrants with rich linguistic resources, to billions of dollars contributed to our economy by international students studying here. It also reveals a significant education gap: Not enough U.S. students at any level, K-16, are gaining the global knowledge and skills needed for success in this new environment.

See how global your state and county are. Visit MappingtheNation.net

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