Population Education Is All About People
Population Education, a program of Population Connection, provides K-12 teachers with innovative, hands-on lesson plans and professional development to teach about human population growth and its effects on the environment and human well-being.
Through memorable, standards-aligned classroom activities like simulations, cooperative challenges, and debate, Population Education inspires students to tackle a variety of real-world problems and to become positively engaged in their communities as the next generation of leaders and policy makers.
Population Education offers a variety of classroom materials (lesson plans, thematic units, interactive media, case studies and infographics) to help educators teach timely global issues in their face-to-face and virtual classrooms. PopEd lesson plans emphasize best-practice teaching strategies – hands-on learning, an interdisciplinary approach, real-world context, and accessibility for various learning styles.
Lessons are standards aligned, providing the perfect complement to K-12 instruction in math, science, social studies, language arts, geography, economics, and environmental studies, as well as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. All Population Education curriculum materials are classroom-tested, rigorously evaluated and frequently updated to be leaders in their content and approach.
Professional Development Workshops
PopEd’s professional development workshops and webinars, led by top-notch facilitators, allow educators to experience our engaging lessons in action and always include a take-home curriculum. Over 12,000 educators are trained annually through interactive PopEd events. As a result, millions of students are gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the pressing environmental and social issues of the 21st century.
World of 7 Billion Student Video Contest
The 2020-2021 World of 7 Billion student video contest is accepting submissions from young people in the U.S. and around the world. Students are tasked with creating a short video (60 seconds or less) that connects population growth to one other global challenge and offers an idea for a sustainable solution. The global challenges for the 2020-2021 contest are: promoting environmental justice, strengthening global health, and re-imagining industrial systems.
Middle and high school students are eligible to submit videos, and 18 students will win up to $1,200 in cash awards. Many teachers use the contest as a classroom assignment, often as a small group project to give students an opportunity to practice collaboration and other 21st century skills.
The deadline for submitting videos is February 25, 2021.
Measuring Our Impact
- Over the past five years, we have trained 60,000 educators through over 3,400 Population Education workshops.
- Of these, 2,000 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 lesson plans to educate your K-12 students. They meet state standards!
Our staff and national Trainers’ Network facilitate over 700 workshops annually for teachers and nonformal educators.
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.
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! As a 501(c)(3) charity, all donations made to us are tax-deductible.
Already a member? Renew today!
Your tax-deductible membership dues help us advocate for universal access to birth control, educate tomorrow’s leaders about global population challenges, and mobilize Americans who care about stabilizing population. Your on-going support is vital to our continued success!
Join our Email Action Network to hear about important legislative developments, constituent calls to action, and events in your area!
© Population Connection 2021. 2120 L St NW, Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20037