On January 24, 2013, Global Washington released a report outlining the state of global education in Washington, providing a rationale for global education, highlighting best practices, and presenting recommendations for improvement. This report is a part of the Global Education Initiative, a program of Global Washington launched in March of 2011 that has gathered feedback from more than 1,000 parents, educators, and business leaders in Washington State with the aim of improving global education from preschool through the graduate level.
The Initiative found that although the state of Washington is one of the most globally connected in the U.S., the state currently lacks a comprehensive commitment to global education. The report found a significant gap between the state’s economic pillars and its educational foundation. However, to be competitive economically, Washington businesses need globally and linguistically competent leadership and workers more than ever. Accordingly, our state needs to commit to global competency and produce a robust local talent pool of graduates.
To learn more about Global Washington’s call for global education in Washington State, visit the Global Washington website, http://globalwa.org/strengthen/global-education-initiative/, to read the paper and access more resources surrounding global education.