Population Education Is All About People

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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. 

Learn more about the award-winning Population Education program.

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Teaching Materials 

The study of population is all about people – how many of us there are, how we shape the world, and how we interact with each other. Human population has grown from 1 billion to over 7 billion in just over 200 years and is expected to grow through this century, so it is critical to examine human impacts on wildlife, climate and natural resources, while working toward equality and justice for the world’s people. 

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 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, 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 workshops. 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. 

Measuring Our Impact

Our Outreach

  • 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 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 over 700 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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Action Fund

Action Fund

Founded in 2013, Population Connection Action Fund is the political arm of Population Connection.

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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! As a 501(c)(3) charity, all donations made to us are tax-deductible.

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