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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
Educators and school designers place a high priority on creating facilities that enhance learning. That applies not only to how a school is built, but also to the materials and equipment used. Just as acoustical treatments or well-placed windows and skylights can make a classroom more conducive to learning, so can the right furniture. Desks,…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Furniture, Physical Environment, Human Factors Engineering
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
In the beginning, optimism reigns. As planning for a new education facility gets underway, those with a stake in the process envision how the building will enhance the institution and the surrounding area. Teachers and students imagine spacious, comfortable classrooms and labs with the most up-to-date equipment and furniture. Administrators and…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, School Maintenance, Cost Effectiveness, School Community Relationship
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
As education institutions more readily pursue stronger connections with the entire community, joint-use programs allow them to forge those bonds more effectively--providing entire communities with more access to facilities and services, often critically needed in some areas, and more efficient use of tax funds. Through joint-use agreements,…
Descriptors: Municipalities, Partnerships in Education, School Community Relationship, Shared Facilities
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
In recent years, scores of educators and designers have been won over to the view that natural light--provided by the sun instead of bulbs or tubes--is desirable and beneficial for education facilities. Studies that show students performing better in classrooms that have the right kinds of daylighting bear out the intuitive beliefs of many…
Descriptors: Lighting, Energy Conservation, Energy Management, Educational Environment
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
Across the U.S., thousands of schools and universities are in the midst of construction projects that can stall because of unanticipated obstacles. The resulting delays can cause budget contingencies to evaporate and force students and staff in desperate need of more space to bide their time in cramped and inadequate facilities. Problems are bound…
Descriptors: School Construction, Budgets, Educational Facilities Planning, Construction Management
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
Educators are accustomed to giving out grades, good and bad. However, when it comes to sustainable design and construction, it is the educators and administrators whose work is being graded. Just like the students they serve, education officials have different levels of commitment as they pursue environmentally friendly strategies in building…
Descriptors: Energy, Educational Facilities Design, Conservation (Environment), Sustainable Development
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
Education administrators have many tools available to them as they strive to establish a safe climate for learning, but no one strategy or piece of equipment is a magic solution that keeps potential trouble beyond the campus boundaries. Creating and maintaining a safe and secure school environment requires a balance of many strategies: (1)…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Safety Education, Safety, Educational Environment
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
School construction projects go more smoothly when architects and administrators understand each other's roles and expectations. Education administrators should understand what architects do and what they need to be effective in their jobs; architects should be aware of how education institutions function and the specific traits of the school…
Descriptors: School Construction, Governing Boards, Cooperative Planning, Educational Administration
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
In classrooms across the U.S., students spend untold hours sitting at desks and tables working on their lessons or listening to their teachers. That lack of movement might not have been a concern years ago, when children's time away from school typically was spent outdoors playing and exercising. However, as children spend more time in front of a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Stimulation, Classroom Environment, Physical Activities
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
School administrators have always labored to find ways to squeeze more value out of their limited budgets. However, in recent years, more educators and administrators have been looking at their spending decisions from a long-term perspective. Planning education facilities for the long term has led many schools and universities to adopt different…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Sustainable Development, Educational Finance, Resource Allocation
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
A good initial step in bolstering school safety is to seek out the help of an ID system. As a method of access control, cards are superior to keys because if they are lost they can be deactivated immediately and replaced promptly. As technology progresses, schools have been able to place more functions onto a card, and many campuses are using…
Descriptors: School Security, School Safety, Information Technology, Technology Integration
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
As a school bus comes to a halt on a busy street, the driver swings out the vehicle's stop arm and turns on flashing red lights. Most drivers know what those signals mean--they are required by law to stop their vehicles so that children can safely cross the thoroughfare. However, many drivers simply choose to ignore the law. Thousands of…
Descriptors: Campuses, School Buses, Law Enforcement, Motor Vehicles
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
New facilities at schools and universities are being designed that embrace the latest learning techniques and philosophies. The article describes two facilities that exemplify this trend: Thomas Jefferson Hall at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Cass Technical High School library in Detroit, Michigan. Libraries, once thought…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Educational Needs, School Libraries, Attendance
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2006
This article presents "American School & University's" 100 largest school districts in the U.S. The top 100 public school districts in the U.S. represent less than 1% of the more than 14,000 school districts, but in 2004-2005, they accounted for more than 20% of the nation's public school enrollment--10,795,068 students. The money…
Descriptors: School Districts, Public Schools, Educational Finance, Enrollment
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2005
The school construction boom that began in the 1990s has given administrators and designers a chance to go beyond the traditional school layout of double-loaded corridors stacked on top of each other. Those building schools for the 21st century are recognizing that the schoolhouses they attended no longer may be suitable to meet the needs of…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, School Construction, Crime Prevention, Educational Facilities Design
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