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Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
The education system has changed dramatically over the years, but the basic process still involves teachers conveying information and insights to students. The tools and strategies that help teachers accomplish this goal have evolved, and schools are continually in search of the piece of equipment that will enable them to educate more students…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Influence of Technology, Educational Change, Internet
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2010
Many education institutions have embraced the growing push for sustainable design and have built environmentally friendly facilities that use resources more efficiently. But the plaudits that administrators receive for LEED certification and other recognition of their efforts may be meaningless if the green commitment ends when a building is…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Sanitation, Sustainable Development, Conservation (Environment)
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2010
The 24-acre site south of Wilshire Boulevard in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles signifies different things to different people. To those with fond memories of the golden era of Hollywood glamour, the site is where starlets were discovered, some of the first Academy Award ceremonies were held, and where the Rat Pack hung out. To those…
Descriptors: Dropout Rate, Urban Areas, Urban Schools, Access to Education
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2009
This fall, the Los Angeles Unified School District sold about $2 billion in bonds to finance more projects in its massive school construction program. But the cost of repaying that debt won't be as burdensome as it could have been. Los Angeles took advantage of two federal programs available to school systems through the American Reinvestment and…
Descriptors: Tax Credits, School Construction, Energy Conservation, American Indians
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2009
A fundamental truth of building security is that one misplaced key constitutes a crack in the armor that protects a space from unwelcome intruders. Imagine the headaches for administrators and security officials at a large university, where thousands of keys that are distributed to students and staff never find their way back to school officials.…
Descriptors: School Security, School Buildings, Technological Advancement
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
The downward enrollment trend shown in this year's "AS&U" 100--a compilation of the nation's 100 largest school districts--is unmistakable. Added together, the 100 largest districts had 10,708,137 students in 2006-2007, compared with 10,763,959 in 2005-2006. Even districts that showed steady growth throughout the 1990s and the early…
Descriptors: Declining Enrollment, Public Schools, School Districts, Enrollment Trends
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
Schools and universities should have a thorough plan that sets priorities for the most pressing facility renovations. With remedial programs, enrichment offerings, recreational activities and extended-year schedules, many school facilities are no longer dormant in the summer months. The increased year-round use of education facilities benefits…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Planning, Scheduling
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
In 1986, the Indianapolis and Gwinnett County (Georgia) school districts sat side by side on the list of the 100 largest school districts, each with slightly less than 51,000 students. But the districts were headed in opposite directions. By 2005, enrollment in Indianapolis declined by about 25 percent to 38,142, falling from the 63rd-largest to…
Descriptors: Baby Boomers, School Districts, Enrollment Trends, School District Size
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
At the Gates Chili High School near Rochester, New York, the cafeteria and kitchen are getting an overdue overhaul. Deep fryers and the fat-soaked foods that come dripping out of them are no longer welcome in the kitchens and dining halls of a growing number of the nation's schools and universities. Likewise, heavily marketed sugary soft drinks…
Descriptors: Obesity, Nutrition Instruction, Lunch Programs, Child Health
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2007
Backed with political and financial capital, advocates of change push to improve America's education system. For most people, the purpose of education is self-improvement--becoming better informed, more knowledgeable, better equipped to solve problems, more able to earn a living and prosper. The more effectively an education system delivers on…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Role of Education, Educational Principles, Educational Improvement