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.


Charter school

Charter Schools: Making A Dent In Education

Charter schools are not for everyone and are meticulously designed for their student populations. As conservative school choice activists argue for greater funding for charter schools, like public schools, they differ in performance and student outcomes based on zip codes.

edtech

Technology (Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting)

EdTech's Influence: Both In and Out of the Classroom

Technology has become an integral part of K-12 classrooms. Here are some examples of how districts across the country use technology—both software and hardware—to create authentic learning experiences for students.

school restroom

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

A Moment of Privacy

Outside of the political arena, school planners, architects and engineers probably have the best chance of solving gender-neutral and other associated issues behind the doors of school restrooms.

Flexible auditorium space

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Ultimate Flexibility

Designing spaces to support student and community performing arts.

Business Practices

Cycle-Based Budgeting

Improving system deficiencies for stronger budget decisions.

Ask the Expert (Network Communications)

How can we move to network-based communication?

Emerging Technology

Yikes!

My it security is (probably) not secure



Re-Roof Protocol

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Is There a Better Re-Roof Protocol?

To everything there is a season, and now is the time to begin planning for summer re-roofs. Have you started?

Hot Tips (Furniture Design)

Key Design Features for Innovative Schools

LEDs and Lighting Controls

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Illuminating Applications

Shining a Light on What's New in LEDs and Lighting Controls.

Inviting Spaces

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Inviting Spaces

Designing for special needs in k-12 schools.

Adventure Education

Adventure Education: Connecting Students with The Natural World

Kids are inherently curious creatures who learn by observing and interacting with their surroundings. They are intrinsically drawn to animals, watching carefully as animals play, relate, and move throughout nature. When a child’s educational experience includes daily interaction with animals, learning is elevated.

Emergency Communications

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Avoiding Deadly Mistakes

Preparing staff to utilize emergency communications systems under stress.

20 Acre Classroom

Sustainable Schools

The 20-Acre Classroom

Teaching important lessons about sustainability, value of the natural environment.

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