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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
The school year is back in full swing for millions of students across the nation trying to remember the names of their new teachers, what time lunch is served, and how to navigate the hallways and stairwells to get from one classroom to the next. Meanwhile, those responsible for keeping those education facilities clean, safe and well-maintained…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Video Technology, School Maintenance, Films
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
About two decades ago, a consensus began to take root among educators and policymakers that school systems in the United States could no longer afford to ignore the inadequate building conditions that made teaching and learning difficult in many classrooms. Since then, billions of dollars have been spent, and thousands of modern classrooms have…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, School Construction, Academic Achievement, School Buildings
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
Students spend hours a day in classrooms, so it is critical to their learning to have places to sit that are healthful and comfortable. Schools and universities should outfit their classrooms and other learning spaces with furniture that enables students to carry out their school work comfortably and does not detract from their ability to focus…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Furniture, Space Utilization, Computers
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
Schools and universities have to confront countless problems that threaten to divert them from their primary function: educating children. Insufficient funding, subpar facilities, lack of community support, dissatisfied employees and dysfunctional board members are just some of the obstacles that can prevent an education institution from achieving…
Descriptors: Budgets, Budgeting, Educational Finance, Educational Administration
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
At thousands of schools and universities, years of economic troubles have led to repeated budget cuts. The reductions typically fall disproportionately on maintenance departments, where cuts are viewed as less critical than those that directly affect classroom instruction. And so nearly every facility manager at an education institution faces a…
Descriptors: School Buildings, School Maintenance, Information Technology, Computer Uses in Education
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
Even though the economy has not bounced back, many education institutions have to provide additional space to accommodate increased enrollment or new programs, and even at schools and universities where the student population is stagnant or declining, some facilities are aging and outdated--as the cost of renovating or replacing them grows every…
Descriptors: School Construction, Construction Programs, Enrollment Trends, Enrollment
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
It might be tempting for education administrators, saddled with an accumulation of budget cuts and dwindling resources, to keep their heads down and concern themselves with only the immediate future as they try to overcome a host of obstacles and provide a high-quality education to students. But schools and universities have to pay attention not…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Quality, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
For several years, schools and universities have been battered by a sputtering economy that on many campuses has brought about slashed budgets, curtailed programs, shuttered facilities and terminated employees. But throughout the gloomy financial conditions, one of the bright spots for education institutions is the continued growing embrace of…
Descriptors: School Construction, Energy Conservation, Facility Guidelines, Educational Facilities Design
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
Years ago, as personal computers and other technological advancements began to find their way into classrooms and other educational settings, teachers and administrators sought ways to use new technology to benefit students. The potential for improving education was clear, but the limitations of the available education technology made it difficult…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Computers, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
More than 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, but the damage extended far beyond the physical casualties of that horrific day. The shock of the cold-blooded brutality and the devastation that resulted led to a grim realization that everyone was vulnerable to violence and tragedy. Although other…
Descriptors: Terrorism, School Security, Emergency Programs, Violence
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
The restroom, and what goes on in there, are subjects that cause many people discomfort or embarrassment. However, washrooms do not always receive the attention they require. Their design may be an afterthought. Cleaning and maintenance schedules may not be sufficient to get rid of grime and unpleasant odors. In schools, where hundreds of students…
Descriptors: Sanitary Facilities, Sanitation, Facilities Management, Maintenance
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
In this article, the author discusses how social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have become an important tool for schools and universities. Facebook says it has more than 800 million active users worldwide; Twitter says a billion messages--"tweets"--are sent on its site each week. With such a prominent place in today's…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Internet, Social Networks, Computer Uses in Education
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
The promise of sustainably designed school facilities is that they will operate more efficiently and last longer than buildings constructed in more traditional ways. But that promise comes with a big if. The payoff is delivered only if the facility managers operate and maintain the buildings in ways that adhere to sustainable strategies called for…
Descriptors: Maintenance, Educational Facilities, Sustainable Development, Educational Facilities Improvement
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
One doesn't have to search very far to find incidents of life-threatening violence at schools and universities throughout the nation--let alone tragedies away from campuses such as a gunman's January attack outside a Tucson, Arizona, grocery store that left six dead and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords seriously wounded. These shootings are the…
Descriptors: Violence, Crisis Management, Emergency Programs, Administrative Organization
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2011
Schools are facing a new reality in planning and funding facility projects. When there are fewer students filling classroom seats and there is less money to address the space needs in areas where there is enrollment growth, the inevitable conclusion is that an education institution pursuing construction and renovation projects will have a tough go…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, Elementary Schools, Colleges, School Construction
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