Editor's Focus: Learning Opportunities

June 1, 2016
The absence of students on campus provides for some unique educational and learning opportunities for you, as well as convenient ways to gain insight into some of the many challenges faced.

While summer typically signifies the end of the school year and the start of family vacations, lazy days and—at least for the majority of the more than 76 million elementary, secondary and post-secondary students in our schools and universities—a break from the rigors of coursework and education. 

But learning does not have to grind to a halt just because the outside temperatures rise; especially for you: the professionals responsible for the facilities and operations that will welcome back students after summer break. 

Even though the summer months often are the busiest time for school and university administrators, the absence of students on campus does provide for some unique educational and learning opportunities for you, as well as convenient ways to gain insight into some of the many challenges faced. One of these opportunities is to take advantage of American School & University’s webinar education programs.

Free of charge and available on-demand whenever and wherever you are, AS&U’s webinar education programs offer insight and solutions into areas of facilities and operations that impact education institutions everywhere. Some of the education programs currently available for access:

  • How to Protect Your Schools from Allergy and Asthma Triggers. Understanding the short- and long-term return on investment of removing allergy and asthma triggers in your facilities. 
  • Lighting Joins the IoT – Simplification and Energy Efficiency. How the evolution of lighting is leveraging the Ethernet networking in education facilities and how it offers a platform to continue generating cost savings and improve efficiency.
  • Modern Facilities: Catching up and Keeping Up. Insight into the current landscape in education facilities management, and how to better plan, prioritize and complete projects.
  • Cleaner School: Set Students Up for Success. The health and educational benefits of improving indoor air quality in school facilities.
  • The State of Education Facilities and Trends in Construction Procurement. 
  • Innovative Financing Ideas for Energy and Infrastructure Projects.
  • How LED Lighting can Help Deter Crime on College Campuses.

To take advantage of these and many of the other free learning opportunities available, visit and select the programs of interest.

About the Author

Joe Agron Blog | Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher

Joe Agron is the editor-in-chief/associate publisher of American School & University magazine. Joe has overseen AS&U's editorial direction for more than 30 years, and has helped influence and shape national school infrastructure issues. He has been sought out for comments by publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, ABC News and CNN, and assisted with the introduction of the Education Infrastructure Act of 1994.

Joe also authors a number of industry-exclusive reports. His "Facilities Impact on Learning" series of special reports won national acclaim and helped bring the poor condition of the nation's schools to the attention of many in the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Education and the White House.

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