ERIC Number: ED437706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
School Advisory Councils & Consensus Decision-Making. Developing Quality Schools: Learning Module #1. Making It Work--The Quality Schools Approach.
Barlosky, Martin; Lawton, Stephen
The advent of advisory councils presents a promising opportunity for schools to maximize a largely untapped resource for increased educational effectiveness. This modular training guide, which supplements "Developing Quality Schools: A Handbook," shows practitioners how to set the context for and apply the consensus decision-making method to support and guide their advisory councils. In part I, school advisory councils are defined as broadly constituted bodies designed to give communities an opportunity to contribute to school development. Both educators and community members can maximize this opportunity by learning how to develop a shared purpose, understanding the stages of school council development, and learning to apply consensus decision making. Part II, which discusses the context for consensus decision making, contains tips on preparing for the first school council meeting, a first meeting exercise, and a review of councils' developmental stages. Part III outlines five steps to consensus decision making; part IV presents a simulation for exchanging contention for consensus. Part V discusses value differences that can block agreement, and part VI (Afterword) comments on the importance of learning maximization, as opposed to risk minimization. Two appendices list relevant resources and describe the Quality Schools Project. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Participative Decision Making, Quality Control, School Councils, School Effectiveness, Total Quality Management
Developing Quality Schools, Dept. of Educational Administration, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1V6; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ($7; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States