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SP&M Article Archive

School Planning & Management's vast database of articles is a valuable tool for anyone who plans, designs, equips, maintains and operates pK-12 schools nationwide.  Popular topics include facilities, safety & security, technology, business, finance and the learning environment. Articles are displayed in chronological order, beginning with the most recent.


Reflecting on Sandy Hook

Safety & Security

Reflecting on Sandy Hook: Among the lessons learned is, be creative.

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

What We Should Fear At School

Stories of active shooters in K-12 schools frighten us all. But in the scheme of things, active shooters are a horrible but small problem.

Design Decisions

Design Decisions: Project Management, Master Planning & BIM

To make the most informed design decisions, school districts should follow a regimented approach to a construction project. This approach should always start with master planning, which sets the stage and builds a case for any project that may arise from this effort.

Fire Drill

Fire & Life Safety

Fire Drill!

Lining students up and marching them out of the door is not enough.

Emerging Technology

Net Zero and Beyond

As we consider the future of technology in educational facilities, no components or systems will have more influence on the way we design, construct and operate school buildings than those that achieve net-zero energy consumption.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

You Can't Ignore It

We must find ways to keep kids safe.

Business Practices

Ethics in Purchasing

Some dos and don'ts to guide purchasing practices.

Trends In Green

An Important Lesson

Teaching "green" by how you clean.



Schools working with the community and local law enforcement

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

A Proactive Approach

Working with the community and local law enforcement.

Maintenance & Operations

School Buildings: Their Relationship to the Learning Environment, Behavior and Attitude.

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

Technology in the Classroom: What's New?

Technology tools in the classroom continue to advance, providing not only innovation, but more importantly, functionality.

Best Design for Restrooms, Locker Rooms

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Best Design for Restrooms, Locker Rooms

Restrooms and locker rooms can be a school's grossest areas, but they don't have to be.

underground spaces

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Learning at the Lowest Level?

Making the most of available space by gong underground.

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Mobile Device Security Tutorial

Managing and securing mobile devices in K-12 schools.

A Final Thought

No Other Option

How to successfully create a small school within a large one.