About

The Education Facility Clearinghouse

The Education Facility Clearinghouse program (EFC) was awarded to the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the George Washington University by the U. S. Department of Education on October 1, 2013. The EFC was originally established in 1998 and will continue to address the following:

Education Facility Clearinghouse Priority

To collect and disseminate research and other information on effective practices regarding the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing facilities for Pre-K through higher education in order to:

  1. Help education stakeholders increase their use of education facilities to turn around low-performing schools and close academic achievement gaps;
  2. Increase understanding of how education facilities affect community health and safety and student achievement;
  3. Identify potential cost-saving opportunities through procurement, energy efficiency, and preventative maintenance;
  4. Increase the use of education facilities and outdoor spaces such as instructional tools and community centers (e.g., outdoor classrooms, school gardens, school-based health centers); and,
  5. Increase capacity to identify hazards and conduct vulnerability assessments, and, through facility design, increase safety against hazards, natural disasters, and intruders.

Education Facility Clearinghouse Requirements

  1. Establish and maintain a dedicated, easily-accessible Website that will include electronic resources (e.g., links to published articles and research) about the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing facilities for Pre-K through higher education.
  2. Track and compile best practices at the state, local educational agency (LEA), and school levels and a plan to develop resources that support the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of safe, healthy, and high-performing facilities for Pre-K through higher education.
  3. Develop and conduct at least two training programs per year for individuals in leadership positions (such as business or operations managers) in Pre-K through higher education or LEAs, who are responsible for the construction and or maintenance of Pre-K through higher education facilities.
  4. Provide technical assistance, including on-site technical assistance to elementary schools, secondary schools, or LEAs, about issues related to the planning, design, financing, procurement, construction, improvement, operation, and maintenance of education facilities. The technical assistance may be provided in the form of electronic or telephone assistance when requested by these schools, LEAs, or the U. S. Department of Education. On-site technical assistance visits will be conducted upon request by, or based on input from, the U.S. Department of Education, Pre-K through higher education facilities, or local education agencies (LEAs) and must be completed using appropriate EFC staff or contractors.

The Education Facility Clearinghouse
Publication Guidelines

The EFC is looking for original work to include articles, white papers, and literature reviews in any of the areas discussed above, especially in the areas of

  1. Inequality in school facilities
  2. Facilities and health
  3. Facilities and communities
  4. Facilities and behavior

Manuscript Guidelines

  1. Submit a Word document, double spaced, 12 font (Times New Roman or Arial)
  2. Use current edition of APA for style, citation, and reference guidelines.
  3. Include a cover sheet containing:
  • Author’s name
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Email Address
  • Brief Biography (About 50 words)
  1. Changes/Edits to manuscript will be sent to author prior to publishing and must be returned to EFC in a timely manner.

White Paper Guidelines

  • Abstract of about 150 words: Include direct statements of the position of the white paper to engage the reader.
  • Title – Develop an attention-grabbing title that clearly communicates the topic you are addressing and that is appropriate for the EFC target audience.
  • Introduction
  • Problem definition
  • Solution(s) and details
  • Visual aids – For white papers describing technical processes, visual aids are especially valuable.
  • Summary
  • References
  • Three to five keywords
  • Maximum 8 pages, not including references

Blog Post Guidelines

  • Title – Develop an attention-grabbing title that clearly communicates the topic you are addressing and that is appropriate for the EFC target audience.
  • 600 to 700 words
  • 3-4 references

Review Process

  • Estimated timeframe for review process is 14 days
  • Two editors will read each submittal.
  • The submittal may be accepted, accepted with edits, or rejected.
  • Estimated timeframe for review process is 14 days.

Expert Authors

  • Requested white papers and research may be commissioned.

Submit All Documents to:
Dr. G. Victor Hellman or Dr. Linda K. Lemasters

askefc@gwu.edu

Printable Guidelines