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FLAA Launches 2019 Curriculum Challenge

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How would you share landscape architecture with K-12 students? Future Landscape Architects of America (FLAA), a nonprofit organization, has officially launched its 2019 Curriculum Challenge. This annual competition is the brainchild of FLAA Founder Nicole Plunkett and FLAA Curriculum Chair Erin Porter, both landscape architects in Jupiter, Florida at Cotleur & Hearing. With the assistance of many volunteers and ideas, the 2019 Curriculum Challenge encourages participants to develop a teachable lesson plan which can be shared with professionals, volunteers, educators, teachers, and students world-wide. FLAA is asking participants to be innovative, diverse, and creative because there are so many ways to answer the question, “What is a landscape architect?”

While FLAA is a relatively new organization, it has been making big strides since its conception in 2015. Within the past four years, 14 different schools and organizations have teamed up with FLAA to introduce landscape architecture to over 1,000 students ranging from kindergarten to 12th-grade. Seeing the immense positive response from educators and parents, FLAA is working to expand its reach nationwide.

The 2019 Curriculum Challenge is open to professionals and students. There is no fee to submit and the winners will be determined by a selection jury comprised of landscape architecture professionals and educators from various grade levels and backgrounds.

Winning lesson plans will be included within the 2019 FLAA curriculum launch this winter. Professionals who win will receive recognition through multiple press releases. Winning student entries will have a special opportunity to obtain one of three $500 Curriculum Challenge Award of Excellence Scholarships sponsored by Anova Furnishings.

Take part in a groundbreaking opportunity to create a lesson plan with FLAA through the 2019 Curriculum Challenge.  Need an inspiration boost?  Check out the 2018 winners on the FLAA website.

Visit www.flaamerica.org/curriculum-challenge to apply by October 1, 2019!

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Nicole Plunkett received her Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture and a Minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Florida in 2010. She is a landscape architect and project manager with Cotleur & Hearing in Jupiter, Florida and works on a broad variety of projects including commercial, medical, mixed-use, institutional, and industrial projects throughout South Florida. In 2015, Nicole founded Future Landscape Architects of America (FLAA), a non-profit organization which focuses on educating K-12 students about the career field of landscape architecture. She is an active member of ASLA Florida and won the 2017 Exceptional Emerging Professional Award. Nicole is currently concluding a 1-year Fellowship for Innovation + Leadership through the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) and researching how past challenges within our profession may shape the future.

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