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Consensus: Arrive at an agreement — agreeably

By Joan Richardson

Each time a school or district forms a team, study group, or working group to explore an issue, there is usually an underlying assumption that these groups will operate on consensus. Team members will not take formal votes but reach an understanding about what should be done and how it should be done.

Criteria sort

Establish the criteria that will be used to evaluate the proposed options and apply the criteria to those options.

 


Levels of Yes and No

Provides a visual display of the positions held by team members, identifies concerns and determines how to address those concerns.

 


Commitment continuum

Display the distribution of agreement with the option and the level of contribution participants are willing to give to implementation of the decision.

 


Resources about consensus

 

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