Who is Situational Awareness For?

It’s back to school season, and that means one major thing for school leadership: time to build capacity. One major area to focus in on is Situational Awareness. Take a look at this data to see why:

How is Situational Awareness tied to Student Achievement?

Who is Situational Awareness For?

  • Anyone who interacts with others. Yes, that’s everyone.
  • Specifically, let’s start with your admin team.
  • Then let’s move into your leadership teams: instructional coaches, interventionists, team leaders, department heads, committee members, etc.

No school leader is left out. Situational awareness is a set of skills for all of your people.

Ideas for Building Capacity

Building capacity doesn’t require expensive programs or courses or even book studies. Here are a few ideas to help you start your capacity building with surface-level knowledge.

  • Start with the chart below (if you’re reading in email, view the chart here on Twitter).
  • Share the definition from Marzano, Waters, and McNulty (the book is here on Amazon).
  • Ask the above-mentioned teams what situational awareness means to them and follow-up with questions such as:
    • How does this impact our teamwork?
    • How does this impact our relationships with the community and with parents?
    • How does this impact serotonin?
    • How will this impact the ways we focus on students?
  • Then use redundancy to deepen your teams’ collective knowledge of situational awareness.
    • Send an email after the team meetings reiterating your teams’ key points.
    • Do a quick Q & A padlet (padlet.com) on the topic prior to your first staff meeting.
    • Share an article on the topic prior to your next 2-minute meeting and discuss it at that meeting.

These ideas will get you started…and your teams will grow as a result! Not just in the area of situational awareness, but also in your commitment to learning.