October 2013 School Planning & Management

October 2013

On the Cover

Green Schools Building

Buildings As Teaching Tools

Green schools grow environmentally conscious students.


Dry Comfortable Schools

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Keeping Schools Dry And Comfortable

By Ellen Kollie

It takes more than bricks, mortar and roofing materials to keep the heat (or cold) in and the rain out. Here's a look at what you need to know.

School Bus Technologies

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Technologies Riding the School Bus Today

By Michael Fickes

New school bus technologies are cutting costs, monitoring students, finding students for parents and more.

Accessible Power for Students

Furniture & Equipment

Powering Up Learning

Make integrated power a part of your educational delivery strategy.

By Carla Remenschneider

Power-enabled columns: at the Milan Center for Innovative Studies, Milan, Mich., power and data connections at structural columns give students a place to engage in self-directed learning.

high-tech security systems in schools

Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Keeping Schools Secure With Technology

Don't forget to include the human factors into your planning.

By Scott Berman

Researching, selecting, planning, installing and using today’s high-tech security systems in schools can be a daunting process. Technology aside, there’s also the human dimension. That is, how best to work with consultants, faculty and staff as that process unfolds?

Furniture For Schools

Furniture & Equipment

Furniture For Schools

Evaluating Suppliers

By Bob Roskos


A Final Thought

Teach Everyone

Charter schools need to fulfill their original mission.

By Paul Abramson

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

Future Is Bright

The passion and creativity of several students is proof that amazing things are going to happen.

By Deborah P. Moore

Trends In Green

Turn It Up to Zero

Practical strategies for moving toward net-zero energy.

By Ian Hadden

Facility Planning

MacConnell Award Winner

Booker T. Washington stem academy receives honors.

By Stuart A. Brodsky, Jason Meyering

Business Practices

Sharing the Decision-Making Process

Using committees effectively, district leaders can extend communication and participation beyond the school.

By Paul A. S. O'Malley

Safety & Security

Pattern Matching

Train and empower people to trust their intuition for improved campus safety.

By Michael S. Dorn


Building Blueprints

Athletic Facilities

Above- and Below-Grade At Sidwell Friends School

By Roland G. Lemke



Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Providing high-quality Learning Environments

biometric recognition

Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Biometric recognition provides hardened school security


Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

(Day) Lighting the net-zero energy classroom building

Technology Planning and Management

Emerging Technology

Sounds Good

The benefits of voice amplification systems in the classroom.

By Mike Raible

New Technology in Old Buildings

Enhancing + Engaging + Connecting

New Technology in Old Buildings

By Scott Berman

Making long-existing structures technologically up-to-date is a challenge, but it can be done.

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