November 2017 School Planning & Management

November 2017


well designed learning spaces


Great Opportunities to Inspire

By Scott Berman

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

school sports venue

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

By Ellen Kollie

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.

improve student learning


Want to Improve Student Learning?

By Rod Bohm

Rethink the classroom, not just the curriculum.

learning stairs


Learning Stairs: The New Student-Centered Space

By Adele Willson, Peter Winebrenner

The new student-centered space.

school security

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

All Round School Security

By Michael Fickes

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

germs everywhere

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Don't Touch That!

By Michael Fickes

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


schools doing more with less

Business (Managing K-12 Education)

Doing More with Less

Lessons from the Field.

energy savings

Maintenance & Operations

Shared Energy Savings Partnerships

By John A. Bailey

Effectively managing equipment and resources.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Do We Have the Right Models?

By Jerry Enderle

Business Practices

Key to Success

By Lora Appenzeller Miller

Positive leadership in the school business office.


lab space

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

These Aren't Your Parent's Labs

By Derk Jeffrey, Jennifer Henrikson

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


Portland Public Schools

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Portland Public Schools Strikes the Right Image

Flu virus

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Breaking the Cycle of Norovirus Transmission


Ask the Expert (Makerspaces)

What is a Makerspace?

By Bryan Shark

Cooperative Purchasing Contracts Can Help Schools Stay Within Budgets

Hot Tips (Emergency Preparation)

Preparing for Emergencies

By Thom Jones

"Children Need Quiet to Learn, Study and Read"

Designing and Constructing A Football Stadium: What You Need To Know

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