Introducing the Education & Practice PPN

At the Denver Botanic Gardens image: Jules Bruck
At the Denver Botanic Gardens
image: Jules Bruck

A new Professional Practice Network has been established: Education & Practice, ASLA’s nineteenth PPN. Co-Chairs Jules Bruck, Affiliate ASLA, and Hilary Noonan, Associate ASLA, will lead the new group. The inaugural meeting of the PPN will take place during the Annual Meeting in Denver on Sunday, November 23 from 12:45-1:20 PM.

The Education & Practice PPN promotes collaboration and the sharing of ideas, issues, and trends that advance the profession, while informing undergraduate and graduate education. Building upon the significant research, innovations, and challenges happening in academic, public, and private practice, it seeks to promote a two-way dialogue that identifies needs and opportunities within education and practice. To read the PPN’s full mission statement, visit

All ASLA members may join one PPN for free, and each additional PPN for only $15 per year. To join the Education & Practice PPN, email, or call 888-999-ASLA.

In addition, there is an Education & Practice LinkedIn group that is open to all interested individuals.

A Message from the Education & Practice PPN Co-Chairs:

For this year’s Annual Meeting, we have highlighted a few sessions and events that we believe are right on target to connect academic, public, and private practitioners to better prepare students to succeed in the profession.

Friday, 11/21, 3:30-5:00 PM: Design 2034: Our Resilient Tomorrow
Friday, 11/21, 5:15-7:15 PM: PPN Networking Reception
Saturday, 11/22, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM: Paths of Practice: Reflections on Life, Work, and Leadership
Saturday, 11/22, 2:30-4:00 PM: Digital Visualization:  Have We Lost Connection with Reality?
Sunday, 11/23, 12:45-1:20 PM: The first Education & Practice PPN Meeting
Sunday, 11/23, 2:30-4:00 PM: Mentoring the Next Generation of Landscape Architects

The Colorado Convention Center's Blue Bear image: Jules Bruck
The Colorado Convention Center’s Blue Bear
image: Jules Bruck

Join Us! Education & Practice PPN Meeting Agenda:

The inaugural meeting of the PPN will take place in Denver on Sunday, November 23 from 12:45-1:20 PM in PPN Room 2 on the EXPO floor. Co-Chairs Jules Bruck and Hilary Noonan will be leading the meeting, and have created an agenda to share with current and prospective PPN members—all Annual Meeting attendees with an interest in landscape architecture higher education are welcome at the PPN meeting:

Welcome! – Review mission and some housekeeping

Brainstorming – What are the issues relevant to educators and practitioners (and students) that you would like to focus on first? What topics would you like to see covered with a Field post or an Online Learning presentation?

Sign up for Leadership Roles – We can’t do this alone—we need your help! If you can commit to a two-year term in a role below, the expectations include: generate a work plan (that can be handed down to someone who takes your place), attend quarterly conference calls, participate in surveys, and suggest ideas for The Field, Online Learning webinars, and LinkedIn group postings.

Annual Meeting Coordinator: This person enjoys considering the E&P PPN’s role in the annual meeting and suggests an outline for the PPN meeting, reminds members about deadlines for submissions, plans a social event, and gets our PPN members involved during the meeting.

Master of Social Media: This person enjoys getting our PPN information out to various social media sites and updates the website by submitting information to ASLA.

Publisher/Field Editor: This person enjoys developing articles for The Field, gathering submissions, and acting as editor for submitted articles.

Webinar-o-grapher and Producer: This dynamic duo enjoys organizing speakers for Online Learning webinars (2-3 per year) and making sure they all run smoothly.

Survey Specialist: This person enjoys and is responsible for developing surveys for our PPN members. The job entails producing the survey, sending it out through ASLA, and sharing the data with PPN members.

Historian: This person enjoys documenting our progress and our lessons learned. Provides notes, photos, and keeps a timeline of our progress.

Liaisons: Undergraduate and graduate student liaisons as well as liaisons to other PPNs. The liaisons participate in the PPN and provide us with perspective as well as share our initiatives with their peers.

Continue the discussion – Consider submissions for next year’s Annual Meeting, including an E&P round table.

by Jules Bruck, Affiliate ASLA, Education & Practice PPN Co-Chair

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