Welcome to the EFC!
The Education Facilities Clearinghouse (EFC) is a federally-funded program awarded to the George Washington University by the U. S. Department of Education in 2013. The EFC offers education stakeholders an online library of facility research and provides public schools and universities access to training and facility experts through our technical assistance process.
This Is What We Do
- The EFC collects research material on effective practices relevant to education facilities.
- Our mission is to help education stakeholders increase their knowledge of facility best practices.
- Search the EFC library to learn more.
- We provide training to teachers, administrators, parents and other stakeholders on effective ways to improve schools.
- Our training is offered onsite and online.
- Learn more about EFC training and how your school can schedule a training seminar.
The EFC Staff is Here to Help
Dr. G. Victor Hellman – firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Project Director
Dr. Linda Lemasters – email@example.com
Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Dr. Joel Gomez – firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. Sharon Dannels – email@example.com
Associate Professor of Educational Research
Ms. Elise Wallace – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Linda Al-Uqdah – email@example.com
Senior Project Administrator
Ms. Angel Ford – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Travis Dunlap – email@example.com
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR EXPERTS!
Karen Benson grew up in a construction family and “never realized there was any other career path.” She has been a laborer, carpenter, superintendent, project manager, president and owner of a construction consulting firm, and now is Business Development Director at Steele & Freeman, Inc., a Construction Manager / General Contractor firm known as one of the largest green builders in Texas.Karen, a LEED AP since 2002, has been active in sustainability for many years and is involved as a volunteer with the US Green Building Council’s North Texas Chapter Green Schools Committee. She designed and built her first “green” home in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1983. She is a popular speaker on green building; her goal is to educate, inspire, entertain, and motivate. A grandchild with asthma and learning disabilities has pushed her to study research on learning and Indoor Environmental Quality. Karen believes excellence is only achievable by challenging the status quo. Karen’s goal for being on the EFC Technical Working Group is to help radically improve the way schools are designed and built in the 21st century.
Jim McCalla is a licensed architect with 31 years of educational facility planning experience that includes programming, pre-planning, feasibility studies, and the design of numerous educational facility projects. He leads Moseley Architects’ K-12 educational sector, a Virginia headquartered firm that is listed in the top 20 firms providing K-12 educational facilities from a national perspective (in Building Design & Construction magazine and other national publications). His involvement has included virtually every aspect of educational facility planning including enrollment projections, development of educational specifications, educational programming, facility assessments, feasibility studies, CIP planning and budgeting, cost estimating, design of every type of educational facilities including small modifications, total renovations, additions to existing facilities, and new facilities at the elementary, middle, high, combined elementary and middle and combined middle and high school levels.Jim is a graduate of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture, is a member of the Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI), and is a Recognized Educational Facility Professional (REFP) since the early 1990’s. In the last 25 years of his career, Jim has been directly involved with approximately 270 educational facilities in the role of project manager (6), design collaborator (29), or managing principal (235). These projects have represented approximately 13.6 million square feet of educational space. This has included new and/or renovated spaces for a construction value of over $1.8 billion. This has included working directly with 36 different school systems.
Jerome A. Paulson, MD is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Professor Emeritus of Environmental & Occupational Health at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. Dr. Paulson is the Medical Director for the PEHSU-East Program, administered by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the pediatric consultant for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, one of ten pediatric environmental health specialty units in the US. Dr. Paulson practiced and taught primary care pediatrics initially at Case Western Reserve University and Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and subsequently at George Washington University and Children’s National. He was elected to the prestigious American Pediatric Society primarily on the basis of his work in public policy and advocacy. Dr. Paulson was a recipient of a Soros Advocacy Fellowship for Physicians from the Open Society Institute and worked with the Children’s Environmental Health Network. He has also served as a special assistant to the director of the National Center on Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) working on children’s environmental health issues. Dr. Paulson received his undergraduate degree with Honors and with General Honors from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland in 1971 and his medical degree from Duke University in 1974. He did his house staff training in pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Hospitals and Sinai Hospital, both in Baltimore, Maryland. He did a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics at Sinai Hospital.
Joan Ponessa joined the staff of the Public Affairs Research Institute of New Jersey, (Princeton, NJ) in 1988 and became the Director of Research in 1992. In 1996, she completed a summary study on school district regionalization options for which she received the U.S. Governmental Research Association’s most distinguished award for a report on state issues. Shortly before leaving PARI, she completed “School Facilities: A Challenge for New Jersey,” a joint project with the New Jersey Institute of Technology.She went to work for the Education Law Center (Newark, NJ) as the Director of Research in September 1997. Her policy reports were widely used around the State. Joan also directed the New Jersey section of the Ford Foundation national collaborative grant (BEST Project) for the analysis of state school facility policies. She retired from her full-time position as ELC’s Director of Research in September 2006, then continued part-time for several years and now serves as a volunteer consultant, as needed. She continues to serve on the School Finance Committee at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.A graduate of Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, she received her M.S. from Loyola University, Chicago, where she also did advanced graduate work while heading a University Research Laboratory. After moving to New Jersey in 1970, she taught part-time at Hahnemann College of Medicine. Joan is married to Joseph Ponessa, a professor emeritus from Rutgers University.