January 2017 School Planning & Management

January 2017

On the Cover

Trends in Education

Trends in Education

Looking Forward

School Planning & Management asked experts who are involved in various education-related fields to talk about what is happening in regard to K-12 education and what they expect in the near future. The following are their thoughts on the topics of design and planning of learning spaces, legislation, sustainability and safety and security.


children digging in garden

Facilities (Learning Spaces)

Schoolyards that Both Students and Communities Enjoy

By Ellen Kollie

The Space to Grow program is transforming Chicago Public School's schoolyards into vibrant outdoor spaces that encourage physical activity, outdoor learning and community engagement, while also addressing such environmental concerns as stormwater management and water conservation.


Safety & Security (Prepare and Be Aware)

Battling Cyber Delinquents

By Michael Fickes

Cyber vandals and criminals make it more difficult to use online tools in school.


Business Practicies

Lean and Six Sigma in Education

By Steven C. Pereus, Nathan Rohan

Analytics can help busy school business officials.

State of our School Infrastructure

Facility Planning

Cheat Sheet 2016

By Mary Filardo

A primer of pK-12 public schools infrastructure facts.

Editor's Note (The View From Here)

An Interesting Year Ahead

By Deborah P. Moore

Legally Speaking

Website Accessibility

By Stacy Haney, Pakapon Phinyowattanachip

A new area of enforcement for OCR.

Steel School Construction

Sustainable Schools

Steel Brings Transparency to Construction Sustainability

By Mark A. Thimons

EDPs provide designers and construction professionals with valuable information.


historic school library

Building Blueprints (Facilities in Focus)

Making Historic Schools Useful Again

By Kenneth Fisher

Projects tend to be complex, but great for community.



Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

New Tech Means More Engaging Presentations


Case Histories (Real-World Solutions)

Smart ID Cards Save Time


Ask the Expert (Restroom Maintenance)

How Can We Minimize Germs in Restrooms?

By Will Haas

Hot Tips (Deep Cleaning)

Deep Cleaning Tips for a Healthy Learning Environment

By John Engel

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