Population Education

Population Education Is All About People

Population Education, a program of Population Connection, is the only national program with a strong emphasis on curriculum and professional development for K-12 educators that focuses on human population issues and their effects on the environment and society.

Since 1975, the program has developed age-appropriate curricula to complement students’ science and social science instruction about human population trends and their impacts on natural resources, environmental quality, and human well-being.

Learn more about the award-winning Population Education program.

Our famous World Population "dot" video

We provide hands-on training to 10,000-12,000 teachers and student teachers annually in North America. Tens of thousands of teachers are introducing important population concepts to their students using these outstanding resources and millions of students are benefiting from them.

With an emphasis on hands-on learning and balanced discussion of different viewpoints, our program has earned a reputation for educational excellence. All Population Education curriculum materials are classroom-tested, rigorously evaluated and frequently updated to be leaders in their content and approach. They are interdisciplinary, well-suited for a cooperative learning environment and classroom-ready.

Population Education materials are correlated to national, state level and Common Core standards and compliment instruction in math, science, social studies, language arts, geography, economics, and environmental studies, as well as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses.

Measuring Our Impact

Our Outreach

  • Over the past five years, we have trained 55,000 educators through over 2,600 Population Education workshops.
  • Of these, 1,800 were pre-service workshops on 325 college and university campuses around the United States.

The Workshop Experience

  • 4 out of 5 teachers rank Population Education workshops superior to other professional development they’ve attended with respect to content, usefulness, handouts and presentation quality.

Ways Educators Can Get Involved

Use Our Curricula

Use our lesson plans to educate your K-12 students. They meet state standards!

Attend a Teacher Workshop

Our staff and national Trainers’ Network facilitate 500-600 workshops annually for teachers and nonformal educators.

Join Our Trainers Network

Lead Population Education workshops for K-12 teachers, pre-service students, and nonformal educators in your community.

Population can be linked to global challenges ranging from traffic congestion and pollution to loss of biodiversity and climate change. Our lessons engage your students in many of the environmental, social, and economic issues impacted by population – by both our numbers and our behaviors. Hands-on, engaging, and fun, these activities challenge students to tackle real global issues through data and graphic analysis, lab simulations, role-playing games, argumentative writing, and more. Each lesson can stand alone or easily be inserted into established units and course plans.





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Host a Population Connection speaker!

Host a Population Connection speaker!

Population Connection staff members are available to lead lively and engaging discussions in your community!

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Same Mission, New Name

Same Mission, New Name

Population Connection changed its name in 2002 to engage a new generation of supporters.

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We Are Population Connection

Since 1968, Population Connection (formerly Zero Population Growth or ZPG) has been America's voice for population stabilization—we are the largest grassroots population organization in the United States!

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Your support helps us advocate for universal access to birth control, educate tomorrow’s leaders about global population challenges, and mobilize Americans who care about stabilizing population.

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