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.


integration

Facility Planning

Integration by Compaction and Subtraction

Fostering blended work-sharing environments in next-generation schools

Ask the Expert (Gunshot Sensors)

What Does It Take To Add Gunshot Detection Services To Your Facility?

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Looking to the Future

squash court

Building Blueprints (Facilities In Focus)

A New Challenge

Building school squash courts requires planning outside of the box.

Intelligent Buildings

5 Considerations for Resilient Schools

Resilience means preparing for and adapting to risks and vulnerabilities, but what exactly does this mean for k-12 schools?

Fire & Life Safety

A Few Tips

Reducing the risks from wildfires for your campus.

school access control

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

School Access Control

Even the most thoughtfully designed and perfectly installed access control strategies can often easily be compromised by staff who do not do their part to support them. While staff development is called for, making access control a reality in deed as well as word is must be a leadership priority.

outdoor classroom

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Classrooms in The Great Outdoors

After years inside classrooms, educators are rediscovering the learning benefits provided by the great outdoors. There are outdoor educational opportunities in engineering, math, science—all of the basic subjects.



sustainable interior design

Sustainable Interior Design

In recent years, more research has come to light in support of the impact that facility design has on student performance. These studies reveal clear evidence that the physical characteristics of a classroom impact learning, and furthermore, that a link exists between well-designed school facilities and increased academic achievement.

deferred maintenance

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Who's on First? Prioritizing Deferred Maintenance Projects

With limited resources in school districts burdened with leaky roofs and worn out heating equipment, how can facility managers prioritize?

Sustainable Schools

Focus on the Silent Middle

Practical politics for facility planning.

Hot Tips (Emergency Evacuation)

Planning For Evacuation

clean air quality

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Cleaning the Air in Classrooms

Dirty classroom air can slow learning and even make students and teachers sick. Find out how to improve indoor air quality or IAQ.

Energy Efficient Schools

Looking to the Future

Intelligent buildings, data sharing, will impact energy efficiency in schools.

Hot Tips (Energy Costs)

Reducing Your Energy Use and Cost

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