The next Steven Spielberg or Sophia Coppola might be sitting in a seventh grade classroom today, dreaming up ways to put their visions on screen. With that in mind, we have opened up our annual student video contest to middle school grades for the first time.
The National Council for the Social Studies annual conference is near (November 12-15) and the Population Education staff is gearing up for what’s sure to be a great event. This year’s NCSS theme – Celebrate Social Responsibility – fits in well with PopEd resources that strive towards global citizenship and sustainability. As a member of our ever-growing global family, we all have a responsibility to be a steward of the planet and act with others in mind.
If we flash forward to 2050, what countries do you think would have the largest populations in the world? India and China would still be at the top of the list, with Nigeria coming in at number three. The rate of growth in Nigeria, currently the 7th most populous country worldwide, is an example of how Africa will be at the forefront of global population growth.
A warm welcome to our 22 new Population Education trainers! This past weekend, we hosted a “train the trainer” Leadership Institute at the beautiful Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. It was a great day full of meaningful conversations, thoughtful questions and collaboration between like-minded colleagues.
Pope Francis made his first U.S. appearance last week. Media coverage was wide and crowds gathered by the flocks in Washington DC, New York, and Philadelphia.
Counting to 3 Trillion: One Study Reveals an Important Link Between Human Population Growth and Declining Tree Density
What comes to mind when you think about deforestation, public health, or water scarcity? Perhaps it is the extensive clearing of forested land for agricultural use, the recent Ebola crises in West Africa, or the record shattering drought in California.
The migration of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and Africa to Europe is a news story that provides a teachable moment for social studies classrooms this fall. Not since World War II has there been such an enormous migration of refugees, people displaced from their homes due to civil strife. There are many ways to approach classroom exploration and discussion on this evolving story, including: