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.


Emerging Technology

Which Door Did You Choose?

Making the Correct Decision Concerning Technology Purchases.

Sustainable Schools

More Than a Luxury

Four reasons to verify your energy savings.

Safety & Security

Active Shooter Training

Does your options-based approach meet standards of care?

campus fence

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Removing Barriers

As years go by, school campuses can become tangled with fencing which no longer serves its original purpose. Improve the appearance of school grounds by removing outdated, unnecessary barriers.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Facilities Do Matter

interior design for schools

Design Does Matter

Are your students engaged and excited about learning? Lecture versus hands-on exercises. Static desks versus swivel chairs and Hokkie Stools. Industrial Age versus 21st Century design. What does your high school look like? And how engaged are your students?

Operation Leadership

Maintenance & Operations

Excellence in Operation, Leadership

Having a strong vision for the new school year.

Fire & Life Safety

Energy Storage and Fire Safety

Be aware of the codes and standards concerning battery and energy storage.



Internet of Things

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

The Internet of Things (IoT): The Art of the Possible

Education professionals predict that, in five years, the majority of schools will have incorporated IoT into core functional areas. What is IoT, and how does it and will it relate to our educational facilities?

Tech Friendly Interiors

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Tech-Friendly Learning Hub

District transforms traditional school library into media center and internet café.

Ask the Expert (Response Plans)

What Is the Difference Between Emergency Response and Pre-Incident Plan?

School Construction

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Solving Construction and Operating Problems With BIM

Building Information Modeling can help manage building construction, operations and maintenance.

place influencing design

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Wilderness Wonder

How place influences design.

Healthy Facilities

Healthy Facilities

The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI), in partnership with School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines, held the first annual Healthy Facilities Award program. This special section highlights the standouts among the entries received.

perimeter security

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

The Secure School Perimeter

Meeting the growing challenge of security in K-12 schools.

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