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14 Severe Weather Survival Tips
Satterly, S. (2012). Retrieval Location

This article is a refresher of current best practices for tornado sheltering for schools, as well as an explanation of why they have become best practices. The process to change protocals so changes are made in a thoughtful and logical manner are described.

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30 Strategies to Education Reform
Nair, P. (2003).

The 30 strategies for education reform discussed in this guidebook, taken together, represent a new, alternative, education model. The guidebook is written to close some big gaps in education -- the gap between research and action, between stated goals and policy, and between perception and reality.

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6 Design Principles to Set the Stage for Learning
O'Donnell, S. (2008).

Learning environments provide students with a 'stage' to perform. The article provides six recommendations to set the stage for learning. Different classroom environments have shown to positively affect activities in classrooms.

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A biosecurity checklist for school foodservice programs: Developing a biosecurity management plan
United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (2003). (FNS-364)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), has prepared A Biosecurity Checklist for School Foodservice Programs: Developing a Biosecurity Management Plan. This booklet presents a wide array of guidelines and suggestions on how to: 1) form a school foodservice biosecurity management team; 2) use the checklist to prioritize measures to strengthen biosecurity inside and outside the primary foodservice area; and 3) create a school foodservice biosecurity management plan.

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A Gender Perspective on Educational Facilities
Lang, S. (2010).

This article explores the planning and design of educational facilities from a gender perspective, with a view to guiding future research and policy analysis.

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A guide to school vulnerability assessments
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools (2008). (ED-04-CO-0091)

This guide is intended to be a companion piece to Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and Communities, originally published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2003 as a guide for schools and districts to prepare for a variety of crises. This new guide, published by the U.S. Department of Education in 2008, emphasizes a valuable part of emergency management planning-ongoing vulnerability assessment-and is intended to assist schools with the implementation of an effective vulnerability assessment process, to include choosing an appropriate vulnerability assessment tool. This guide is not intended to be prescriptive or to give step-by-step instructions for conducting assessments, rather it is intended to describe the key elements to be considered when selecting an assessment tool appropriate for school environments and provide guidance for conducting an assessment that will inform school emergency management activities.

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A High Performance School Case Study: Northern Guilford Middle School
Koh, B., & Nicklas, M. (2007).

This case study will introduce detailed information of each green strategy, for Northern Guilford Middle School, and how comprehensive strategies are well integrated into the project to stay within the budget.

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A Summary of Scientific Findings on Adverse Effects of Indoor Environments on Students' Health, Academic Performance and Attendance
United States Department of Education, Office of the Under Secretary (2004). ((Doc No. 2004-06))

This paper summarizes the current state of scientific knowledge about the adverse impacts of indoor environments in schools on health and performance. Key gaps in knowledge and critical outstanding research questions are also summarized.

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A Sustainable and Holistic Approach to Design and Construction.
Bobodilla, L. (2010). 76 (4)

Building energy-efficient school facilities is not just about being "green." It is about providing high-performance facilities that are safe, healthy, and conducive to learning. It is also about building facilities that are cost-effective from their inception and in the long term. Many school districts are working under ever-tightening budgets, so reduced operating costs are welcomed. With careful planning, facilities and construction departments can build schools that encourage learning, reduce long-term operating costs, and lessen the effect on the environment while controlling up-front construction costs. The keys are including staff as active participants in the process and using a holistic approach to facility design. Guilford County Schools in North Carolina is an example of a district that was able to build a high-performance school that continually saves money. Northern Guilford Middle School is a $20.7 million facility serving 1,030 students. At two years old, it is beginning to show the long-term benefits of energy efficiency with lower electric bills and reduced water use. The school district wanted to use taxpayer dollars wisely while building a sustainable facility and creating a three-dimensional learning experience for students. During the planning and construction of Northern Guilford, the district's facilities staff worked with the architects to develop a holistic design for the school, detailing how the lighting, heating, cooling, and other systems would work together in the building. School districts can construct efficient buildings and lower energy expenses without greater up-front costs. This article offers some points school districts should remember as they develop plans to build high performance schools.

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A Synthesis of Studies Pertaining to Building Conditions, Student Achievement, Student Behavior, and Student Attitude
Bailey, J.A. (2009).

The relationships between building condition and student achievement, student behavior, and student attitude were investigated by reviewing research. A synthesis of research studies from 1998 through 2008 was completed. A matrix was replicated from Lemasters’ 1997 study that identified the researchers used in each study. The matrix presented each author and the areas each author researched.

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