Category : EFC Publications

Inequality/Inequity at the School Door

Discussion Points at Presentation at Academy for Educational Studies conference in San Antonio, TX, March 7-9, 2016 • Inequality in school facilities • Unsatisfactory school buildings affect learning • Inequality of facilities and resources contribute to the achievement gap • Equalize facilities and resources and equalize achievement Inequality Presentation Slides

The Outdoor Classroom of Al Ghadeer Kindergarten

Travis R. Dunlap and Linda Lemasters. Outdoor learning is a trending topic in education research, and the benefits of outdoor classrooms are increasingly viewed as indispensable. While it would seem that children in the 21st century spend less time outdoors than previous generations, researchers have reinvigorated conversation on the importance…

3 Reasons Why You Can’t Ignore the Power of Outdoor Learning

By T. R. Dunlap The topics of outdoor learning and outdoor classrooms are trending in education conversation and research. Recently, there have been many articles in education and scientific journals as well as in popular magazines and websites on the many reasons schools should embrace outdoor learning. Outdoor learning is…

Entering Green Cleaning through the Back Door

By Allen Rathey, Keith Webb, and E. M. Wallace. What prompts school facilities to get on board with green cleaning programs? The answers vary. For some the decision may be driven by health impact, environmental stewardship, or simply compliance. Keith Webb, Executive Director of Plant Services, Newport News Public Schools…

One Design Does Not Fit All

By G. Victor Hellman, Jr., Ed.D. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have. – Steve Jobs Public school facilities in the United States are at a critical crossroads.  The days of designing and building schools with the traditional double-stacked corridor are fading into…

A Principal’s Discussion: Opening a New School

Dr. Michael Bishop, 2015. “We shape our buildings: thereafter, they shape us.” – Sir Winston Churchill Every educator has experiences that shape his or her personal and professional opinions about the profession of teaching: the ways in which students learn as well as the optimal conditions that enhance student achievement….

Building Up, Mobilizing and Retaining the “Seven-Percenters” While Investing in Custodial Leadership

By Allen Rathey. Keith Webb, Executive Director of Plant Services, Newport News Public Schools (NNPS), Newport News, Virginia, oversees construction, renovation, and operations for the district’s 30,000 students, served by 5 early childhood centers, 24 elementary schools, 7 middle schools, 5 high schools, 1 middle/high combination school, and 9 program…

What Makes Education Reform Difficult: Poverty in Rural America

By Dr. Linda Lemasters. While writing the blog last week on the achievement gap, I read a great deal of research on urban education and inner city schools.  Education in rural America is mentioned often as an afterthought.  There is little knowledge of failing schools and children in need across…