Part II: Planning and Designing Learner-centered School Facilities


Assess Throughout

Evaluation of Existing Facilities

Quality Criteria

Evaluating Quality in Educational Facilities

Assessing Secondary School Design Quality:


Planning guide for maintaining school facilities


Your School Grounds Handbook 

The Post-Occupancy Evaluation Process

Post Occupancy Evaluation Resources

What School Buildings Can Teach Us

Utilizing Post Occupancy Evaluations in LEED Certified K-12 Schools 

Facilities Assessment

School Facility Assessment Resources 

Primary School Carbon Footing

Assessing Learning Spaces 

Children's Physical Environments Rating Scale

Fulfill Educational Specifications

Educational Specifications

Accessible Design/Universal Design Resources

21st Century Educational Facilities Specifications 

Designs for Learning in the Knowledge Age 

Engage Community

Community Development and Schools

Joint Use of Public Schools

Good Buildings, Better Schools: An Economic Stimulus Opportunity with Long-term Benefits

Reconnecting Schools and Neighborhoods: An Introduction to School-Centered Community Revitalization

Community Use

Schools for the Future: Design Schools for Extended Services

Schools as Centers of Community: A Citizens' Guide For Planning and Design. Second edition. 

Making the Difference: Research and Practice in Community Schools

Partnerships and Neighborhoods

Opportunity-Rich Schools and Sustainable Communities: Seven Steps to Align High-Quality Education with Innovations in City and Metropolitan Planning and Development

Analyze Existing Conditions

Assessing Environmental Quality

The Relationship between Environmental Quality of School Facilities and Student Performance. A Congressional Briefing to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science

Indoor air quality

Causes of Indoor Air Quality Problems in Schools. Summary of Scientific Research.


New Standards Should Help Children in Noisy Classrooms

Kids in Noisy Classrooms: What Deos the Research Really Say? 

Have You Heard? Noise Can Effect Learning!

The Needs Assessment Process

A Demographic Projecting Wrinkle 

Projecting Student Enrollments in Tough Economic Times 

Renovation and Historic Restoration

Extreme School Remodeling 

Historic Neighborhood Schools Deliver 21st Century Education

Historic Schools: Renovation vs. Replacement & the Role of a Feasibility Study

Build New or Renovate

Educate Yourself About Preservation: Preserving Pennsylvania’s Historic School Buildings 

Renovate or Replace

Schools for the Future. Transforming Schools: An Inspirational Guide to Remodelling Secondary Schools. 

Historic Neighborhood Schools Deliver 21st Century Educations 

State Policies and School Facilities: How States Can Support or Undermine Neighborhood Schools and Community Preservation 

Why Johnny Can't Walk to School: Historic Neighborhood Schools in the Age of Sprawl. 

Capital Improvement Programs

Building Minds, Minding Buildings: School Infrastructure Funding Need, A State-by- State Assessment and an Analysis of Recent Court Cases 

Smart Schools, Smart Growth.

Maintain Learner-Centered Focus


ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities

Universal Design for Learning

Safe Schools

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities

NetDay Cyber Security Kit for Schools

Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climates. 

Reinventing Classroom Spaces

Rethinking the Classroom

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom


Standards: ISTE 

Technology Integration Research Review: Annotated Bibliography

Design to Support Learning and Teaching

Reading a School Building Like a Book: The Influence of the Physical School Setting on Learning and Literacy 

Implications of Curriculum Reform for School Buildings in Scotland

New Zealand: Modernising Schools in a Decentralised Environment

Architecture Can Teach

School Facility Conditions and Student Achievement

Understanding the Design Process for Outdoor Play & Learning Environments

Sustainable Design and Whole School Sustainability

Center for Green Schools

National Action Plan for Education for Sustainability

Green Strides

The Green School Alliance

Building Sustainable Schools for Healthy Kids

The Impact of Sustainable Buildings on Educational Achievements in K-12 Schools

The Impact of Sustainable School Design on Primary School Children's Environmental Attitude and Behavior

School Size and Capacity

Public School Principals Report on Their School Facilities: Fall 2005

Assessing the Net Capacity of Schools

School Capacity Update: An Essential but Often Forgotten Planning Process

Ensure On-Time, On-Budget Project Completion

Budgeting for the Physical Plant

Rethinking How the State Fund School Facilities (California)

Recommended Policies for Public School Facilities 

Construction Management

A Principal's Guide to On-Site School Construction 

Selecting Design Professionals

NCEF Resources on Selecting School Design Professionals

Building Schools for the Future: The Role of a Design Champion

Understanding the Design Process for Outdoor Play & Learning Environments

The Fine Art of Choosing an Architect.


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