Category : EFC Blogs

Planning Resources for K-12 Schools

By T. R. Dunlap Nobody should underestimate the importance of careful planning when schools engage in any operation or initiative. While many of us are eager to take an idea and run with it, the academic literature and case studies frequently remind us that planning cannot be ignored.  The research has…

A Good Source of Funds for School Renovations: QZAB

By Art Stellar, Ph.D. Many school districts have deteriorating school buildings. Most have unmet needs for major renovations and repairs. The reason these situations are left unaddressed is lack of funds. Regular operating budgets have little in preventive maintenance or repair accounts except for the gravest occurrences. Capital budgets pay…

ESSA and School Facility Conditions

by Angel Ford, Ed.D. In previous blogs, I have frequently discussed the inequities of school building conditions across America. This blog will also talk about those inequities in light of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Let’s start by examining what ESSA states about educational facilities. A search of the…

The Many Shades of Green

By: Dr. G. Victor Hellman, Jr. Green buildings, green cleaning, school gardens, and green playgrounds are just a few of the prevalent concepts on the mind of education facility planners and many educational administrators. Just what is this green movement all about? How does a school or a district go…

Finland Improved School Building Conditions as Part of Improving Their Nation’s Education

by Angel Ford, EdD Finnish students are excelling academically; in fact, they are passing students in most other nations.  This has not always been the case, however.  Over the past forty years Finland has made great strides to equalize and expand opportunities for their students, empowering them to become some…

Planning for 21st Century Learning Spaces

T. R. Dunlap Conversations on the development of 21st century learning spaces highlight the important role of planning in creating environments that maximize student learning. School systems across our nation routinely develop multiple types of plans—strategic plans, site-based plans, school improvement plans, capital improvement plans, and short-term planning initiatives. Planning is…

ESSA and Equitable Early Learning Facilities

by Angel Ford, EdD U.S. Secretary of Education John King wants equity emphasized as ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) is implemented. ESSA is intended to increase funding and access to early learning programs. Improved access to early learning and King’s desire for equity go well together well. Evidence is…

EFC’s Summer Webinars

The Education Facilities Clearinghouse is holding two webinars this month that you will not want to miss. The EFC has made a number of national presentations on important topics facing public schools and universities. This month, we are offering these trainings to our many website users at no cost. Mark…

Flint Is Not Alone: It’s Everyone’s Problem

By Dr. Linda Lemasters On December 2, 2015, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued a summary report on safe and unsafe blood lead levels in the children of Flint, Michigan.  Children with elevated lead levels more than doubled after a change in water sources.  At some point…

Designing Classrooms in the 21st Century: How New Instructional Methods Affect Learning Environments

By T. R. Dunlap Trends in K-12 classroom design are currently undergoing revitalization as new teaching and learning models become increasingly popular. While many students are still stuck in rows of hard seats that face a board and a teacher, there are current classroom models that integrate time-tested, effective pedagogical practices…