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STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education is taking off, in large part because of recent national attention. All of this attention is designed to encourage collaborative learning and critical thinking so that our students can compete in a gl
Since it is Thanksgiving, the time of year when we should all count our blessings, I would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to my family and friends, my coworkers and colleagues, and all of those who have faced these challenging and unexpected
Since it is impossible to separate the effect of the museum on the student from the museum setting itself, it is only natural that school administrators and educators might begin to consider how techniques used in designing museums might be incorporated i
Traditional schools were designed when the primary mode of teaching was distributive; teachers provided information and students were responsible for memorizing and repeating the information. All classrooms were identical marching down each side of identi
With the growth of private and charter schools it is clear parents are looking for choices. Districts are evolving their curriculum to include programs focused on S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), the arts and language immersion
How flipping classrooms will alter classroom design, furnishings and technology to help students learn more.
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School districts in the United States spent just under $13 billion on construction projects completed during the 2012 calendar year. Only $6.2 billion of that was spent on new schools, accounting for 47.6 percent of the construction dollars. The balance was split between additions to existing buildings and retrofit and modernization of existing structures. This is the first time in 12 years that spending for new buildings was less than spending on existing ones.
In 2011, $12.2 billion worth of school construction was put in place. That's a lot of money, but put it in perspective. From 2000 through 2008, school construction averaged more than $20 billion annually. The demand for school space and improved facilities has not lessened - the number of children schools serve continues to rise - but, as a consequence of the 2008 recession, combined with the anti-tax sentiment it spawned, the money has dried up.
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