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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.


Editor's Note (The View From Here)

The Condition of our Public School Facilities

A Final Thought

Fill, Don't Close, Underused Schools.

It may be wiser to find ways to use the empty space for the community.

Four Things You Need To Know About Emergency Lighting

Safety & Security

Four Things You Need To Know About Emergency Lighting

lighting and HVAC control

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Creating a Brighter Future

Best practices and benefits of optimizing lighting and HVAC control.

Safety & Security

Fear Itself

How fear can reduce the ability of school employees to save lives.

Collaborating with Technology

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

Collaborating with Technology

Schools need to be innovative with staff and time to use technology effectively.

Emerging Technology

Music Rooms? No, Performance Spaces.

Trends in Green

Dunbar High School

A leader in D.C. green energy initiatives.



Fire Safe Schools

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Fire Safe Schools

Creating a culture of fire safety and survivability.

School Transportation

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

School Transportation

There are many factors involved in making sure our students get to and from school safely.

School Design

School Design That Gets Inside a Student's Head

School design that gets inside a student's head research has begun to quantify the effect of interior school design on the performance of students.

STEM School

Building Blueprints (Facilities In Focus)

From Big Box Retailer to STEM School

How communication, creativity and collaboration transformed Dayton's educational landscape.

Facility Planning

The Case for 21st-Century Schools

Intangibles suggest new environs are helping D.C. students.

The President's FY2015 Education Budget

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, President Obama announced his proposed 2015 Fiscal Year Budget. In recent years, the President’s budget has become more of a ritual than a reality. Maybe better described as a White House wish list. Though required by statute, these budgets are usually dead on arrival and until last year, nothing was ever resolved quickly or on time.

school building products and materials

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Pleasing and Green

What's new in building products and materials?