Understanding Teacher Shortages

National map
Client:   Learning Policy Institute

We worked with the Learning Policy Institute to develop a clear, compelling interactive map for their major new national study on the factors that drive teacher shortages. Drawing on a range of input data, each state gets an overall rating for Teacher Attractiveness and Teacher Distribution Equity.

With a state-level map, we knew going in that success for this project would hinge on clarity of design and elegance of interaction. 

Sometimes the maps we make invite the user to zoom in deeply -- to find their own houses or neighborhoods on a map. Other times, as in this case, the emphasis is on higher-level comparison and a compelling hierarchy of information. In this case, a bold, simple national map powered by the D3 Javascript library pairs nicely with a clearly organized data table below. The visual through-line in the interface is a simple five-box (quintile) legend, where the active square for a selected state gets highlighted in the map legend and for each line in the table. For users quickly scanning the table, the quintile bars function almost like an old stereo equalizer, with an instantly recognizable read out of status as you scan down the table.

The interactive also includes national and state-specific PDF report downloads with the complete data, custom Facebook and Twitter sharing, and a smaller version of the map that can be embedded in other websites.


Focus:   Education  

Services:  Interactive Solutions, Communications, Graphic Design, Web Mapping, Website Design 

Project Years: 2016

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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