Tools for Schools, April/May 2004, Vol. 7, No. 5
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.
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.
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