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.


Ask the Expert (Makerspaces)

What is a Makerspace?

school sports venue

The "Value" of Multi-Million-Dollar Sports Venues

There has been a lot of news coverage — both positive and negative — about high-priced sports venue on K-12 school campuses. In this article, SP&M presents two such projects and allows you to be the judge.

energy savings

Maintenance & Operations

Shared Energy Savings Partnerships

Effectively managing equipment and resources.

well designed learning spaces

Interiors

Great Opportunities to Inspire

Well-designed learning spaces better prepare students for their future careers.

Business Practices

Key to Success

Positive leadership in the school business office.

learning stairs

Interiors

Learning Stairs: The New Student-Centered Space

The new student-centered space.

schools doing more with less

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Doing More with Less

Lessons from the Field.



school security

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

All Round School Security

School security starts at the perimeter of the school, but where is that? Security experts point to three perimeters that need securing.

improve student learning

Interiors

Want to Improve Student Learning?

Rethink the classroom, not just the curriculum.

germs everywhere

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Don't Touch That!

Your mom was right. There are germs everywhere. Don’t touch them. And don’t touch your face.

lab space

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

These Aren't Your Parent's Labs

Collaborative and hands-on lab spaces allow the exchange of ideas to flow more freely and result in productive teamwork.

Healthy Classroom

Maintaining a Healthy Classroom Environment

Lowering health risks enables students to learn better and teachers to teach more.

Whole System Design

Whole Systems Design

An integrated approach to sustainability.

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