April 2017 School Planning & Management

April 2017

On the Cover

Early Childhood Design

5 Building Blocks of Early Childhood Design

By Charles Tyler, Carla Remenschneider

Creating a Student-Centered Environment.


Cleaner Air

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Cleaner Air, Better Students

By Michael Fickes

Research shows that students — as well as teachers — perform better when schools implement indoor air quality programs.

Building Materials

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Deciding What Building Materials to Specify

By Ellen Kollie

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.

Checking School Visitors

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

All Visitors Must Sign In

By Andrew LaRowe, Mike Raible

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?

Special Section

Water Quality

How Healthy Schools Save Money

Water Quality


How Healthy Schools Save Money


Reducing Indoor Chemical

How Healthy Schools Save Money

Reducing Indoor Chemical Exposure

Indoor Air Quality

How Healthy Schools Save Money

Indoor Air Quality


Business Practices

Change Doesn't Need to be Disruptive

By Robyn Stirmell

Making the move to a new vendor.

Legally Speaking

Be Prepared

By Michelle P. Crockett

The future of public education in the Trump era.

Sustainable Schools

Learning from Design

By Sean O'Donnell

How sustainable design becomes net-positive education.

Building Condition

Maintenance & Operations

Building Condition and the Influence on Student Learning

By John A. Bailey

The time is now for a national study on the correlation between public school buildings and learning.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Everything Old Is New Again

By Deborah P. Moore


Learning Landscape

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Learning Landscape Benefits S.T.E.A.M. Education

By Jennifer Schab

The children's center at Caltech reflects local ecology.



Better HVAC for a Sustainable School

Classroom Security

Case History (Real-World Solutions)

Better Classroom Security for Safer Schools


Ask the Expert (School Communications)

Is It Possible To Integrate, Segment School Communications?

By Fred Bezat

Student, Staff, Faculty ID Cards

Hot Tips (Acoustics)

Flooring's Affect on Noise Levels

By Bob Bethel

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