Becoming a Trainer

You can join the Network and lead workshops for educators in your area!

To be eligible to become a Population Education Trainer, you must:

  1. have relevant experience in K-12 education. Our trainers are current or former teachers, administrators, university faculty, or nonformal educators.
  2. have attended one of our workshops. If you haven’t seen a workshop, we’ll help you find one. Check this map to see where you can attend a workshop near you or email us for further information.
  3. provide references that can speak to your qualifications as an educational professional and presenter.

To apply to become a Trainer, please fill out our on-line application form here.

After receiving your application, we will contact your references, and then contact you to set up a brief phone interview.

New trainers will receive a Population Education Trainer’s Handbook. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the handbook - it will have all the information you need to start leading workshops in your area. Each summer, we host a Leadership Institute for new trainers to provide more hands-on preparation, as well as periodic webinars.


What our Trainers say . . .

You do a wonderful job of sending everything well organized and in such a way to make everything go as smooth as possible.
Paula Cline, Director of Child Care Solutions, Iredell County Partnership for Young Children, NC

The [facilitator] packet was very well organized and extremely helpful. Thanks!
Dennis Cabrera, History Teacher, Darien, CT

I’ve really enjoyed it… They are some of the best activities - really involving kids - that I have seen anywhere.
Darci Sanders, Director of Education, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Bay Village, OH

The materials provide all the scaffolding required to conduct the training. Excellent resources and enjoyed by the class. Some members expressed an appreciation for its interdisciplinary approach and differentiated strategies.
Dr. Ann D. Smith, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Reinhardt College, GA

You all always seek to go above and beyond with workshop support, so much gratitude! Facilitator and participant packets were well-organized and were all in order. You all even give a “what you’ll need” list for each activity. So extremely organized! Thank you!
Amanda Patrick, Public Affairs Specialist, Shawnee National Forest, IL

Presenting lessons to a wide variety of educators has made me more comfortable around those in subject areas where I did not feel as confident: early childhood educators; outdoor education providers; math teachers. The Population Connection lessons never fail to generate new thoughts and actions for living in and understanding our world.
Kristi Karis, Hope College, MI