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.


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.

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.

Funding Capital Projects

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Better than Bake Sale Funding for Capital Projects

It doesn't matter how good your facilities plan is... if you can’t fund it, you can’t build it.

Healthy Classroom

Maintaining a Healthy Classroom Environment

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

Immersive Learning

Facility Planning

Immersive Learning Environment

Designing to impact student achievement.

Outdoor Spaces

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Outdoor Spaces

Creating a true community place where everyone feels welcome.

Whole System Design

Whole Systems Design

An integrated approach to sustainability.



Sustainable Facility

Sustainable Schools

Progress in the Heartland

Continuing the push for sustainable facility development.

Healthy Learning Environments

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

U.S. Schools Struggle to Maintain a Healthy Learning Environment

Educational institutions face mounting risks from mold, asbestos and hidden underground environmental issues.

Livable Building

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Texas Middle School Earns Livable Buildings Award

Design reflects growing trend toward sustainable solutions and hands-on learning environments.

Performing Arts Center Renovation

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Making Old New Again

5 things to consider when renovating performing arts centers.

Ask the Expert (Pest Control)

Rodents: How Are They Getting In, How Do We Stop Them?

Hot Tips (Learning Spaces)

Reimagining the Ideal Learning Space

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

It's Never Enough

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