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ERIC Number: EJ786356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Consensus Building: A Key to School Transformation
Baron, Daniel
Principal Leadership, v8 n6 p56-58 Feb 2008
Consensus-based decision making can turn faculty meetings into meaningful and productive work sessions in which faculty members know that their input is respected and valued and important decisions are made. Reaching consensus has different meanings in different contexts. Decisions are made "by consensus" when the decision affects the entire group. The group is "in consensus" only when each member of the faculty can live with the recommendation, support its implementation, and agree to not impede the implementation. The alignment of mission, vision, core beliefs, and the decision-making process is the path of least resistance to whole-school transformation. Consensus-based decision making can lead to the articulation of meaningful and deeply held beliefs, a mission, and a vision for the school. In this article, the author offers some tips on consensus building.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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