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.


Palo Alto High School staff envisioned a library that would feature updated technology, natural light, and a more functional, open layout with clear sightlines and improved circulation patterns.

Modernization

Palo Alto High School's Library Transformation

Palo Alto High School staff envisioned a library that would feature updated technology, natural light, and a more functional, open layout with clear sightlines and improved circulation patterns.

Regarding school security, it’s important that we see facial recognition as a tool, rather than as a panacea. Technology needs to be thoughtfully incorporated into a larger plan for it be effective.

School Safety

How to Effectively Utilize Facial Recognition for School Security

It’s been one year since St. Therese Catholic Academy in Seattle made the decision to adopt facial recognition technology as one of their security tools — here’s what they've experienced since doing so.

A teacher carrying a tablet smiles while students are working at their desks facing the front of the classroom.

5 Reasons Teachers Leave and How to Prevent It

Here are five common reasons teachers are leaving their jobs and some ways to beat the odds and keep them.

locker room cleaning

Flooring

5 Keys to Proactive Locker Room Cleaning

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

The STEAM Revolution

noisy classroom

Facilities (Walls, Ceilings & Floors)

The Noisy Classroom

classroom lighting

Lighting

Shining a Light on Success in the Classroom



storm shelter

Construction Methods

Winds of Change: Storm Shelter Design Guidance

In recent years, the International Building Code has mandated that all new construction for K–12 schools in most of the Midwest and South Central United States include a community storm shelter. This article will explain the requirements of storm shelter design and explore best practices for planning and construction.

Physical Safety

The Importance of Safety Locks for K–12 Schools

makerspace

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Making Makerspaces

sustainable

Sustaining a Sustainable Building: The Keys to Operational Success

Targeting net positive energy design, the Fales Elementary School's positioning and geometry optimize energy generation from rooftop PV cells and daylighting.

The Library of Today and the Future

Building Blueprints

No More 'Shhhh!' The Library of Today and the Future

Our culture has changed. Your community has changed. Has your library changed yet?

Technology Infrastructure

Federal Ed Tech Funding Under Evaluation for 2020

The nearly $4 billion FCC program enters its fifth year since funding for networking infrastructure became available to schools and libraries. This article examines recent action taken by the FCC that could change how these institutions can access funds beginning in 2020.

Harnessing the Potential of Outdoor Spaces

Outdoor Spaces

Harnessing the Potential of Outdoor Spaces

Enlisting students in your design plan and working alongside nature can result in outdoor spaces that are recreational, educational and engaging in ways you might not expect.

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