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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.


Access Control Systems

Safety & Security (Prepare and Beware)

Access Control Systems

Effective access control systems include technology, people, policies and training. Here's how those components fit together.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

It's Finally Summer!

Flexible School Furnishings

School Furniture & Equipment Guide

Flexibility Is Key

Successful active teaching and learning depends on making the correct decisions about furnishings.

Facility Planning

Making Things to Learn

Better approach offers students a choice.

A Final Thought

Four Crisis

A look at the enormity and interweaving of the problems and their causes.

Technology (Enhancing + Engagin + Connecting)

Integrating Technology and Controls

Automated alarm systems can provide significant benefits for facility maintenance organizations.

Outsourcing Is In

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Outsourcing Is In

More and more K-12 school districts are discovering the cost-cutting, quality-boosting efficiencies of outsourcing.

Green Ribbon Schools

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Green Ribbon Schools

Overall participation is the key to a successful program.



School Library

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Fulfilling a Primary Need

Redefining the 21st-century school library.

historic Alta Vista School building

A Second Life

The historic Alta Vista School building was built in 1917. The building was listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Places in June of 1999 for its significance in the area of education. It recently underwent a significant rehabilitation in order to meet the needs of today's students.

student collaboration

School Furniture & Equipment Guide

Working Together

New school designed with student collaboration in mind.

Safety & Security

The Power of Mental Simulation

Emerging Technology

Sound System Design and Commissioning

Use a model to make sure you will get the best results.

Trends In Green

Building Teaching Tools

Design for active and sustainable, student-centered learning.

21st Century School Furniture

School Furniture & Equipment Guide

Moving Education into the 21st Century

Creating activity permissible classrooms.