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)

Everything Old Is New Again

Checking School Visitors

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

All Visitors Must Sign In

With the enormous attention we have placed on safe and secure campuses, is it still possible for a stranger to enter a school building and walk around freely without anyone noticing?

Legally Speaking

Be Prepared

The future of public education in the Trump era.

Sustainable Schools

Learning from Design

How sustainable design becomes net-positive education.

Building Materials

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Deciding What Building Materials to Specify

It's time to build a new school, and there's a lot more to the process than securing the funding and beginning the digging. One part of the process is choosing building materials. Here's how.

school play environments

Facility Planning

The Stuff of Memories

Designing for play in learning environments.

Hot Tips (Daylighting Techniques)

Better Light, Better Schools



Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Developing Human Capital

school roof installation

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Weather or Not?

Maintaining watertight roofs is an ongoing challenge for many facilities professionals. In seeking advice from experts all over the country, their lessons learned were in several categories.

elementary school prototype paradigm

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

What If We Changed the Rules

Multi-purpose training facilities

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Flexible Space Inspires Innovation

Multi-purpose training facilities follow 21st-century learning trends.

Natural Disasters

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Preparing Schools for Natural Disasters

Preparation paves the way to surviving a disaster and getting right back to business. How can K-12 schools prepare?

Emerging Technology

Let's Huddle...Sort of

Student collaboration doesn't need to be hardware-based.

school lit up at night

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Saving Money on School Lighting Design

A school's lighting system affects the physical and emotional well being of the students and the staff. It also plays a major role in the facility's energy costs. In this article we explore how much of this expense can be avoided.

Dude Solutions Is Back with More Data in Their 2018 Operations Health Index

See how your industry peers reported on the current state of their operations and get insight into how you can use the information to improve yours in Dude Solutions' 2018 Operations Health Index.

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