Having clear norms removes one barrier to
effective PLC work. Often, conflict presents a second barrier and understanding how consensus
is reached empowers educators to deal with conflict. It is important that PLCs share
a common understanding of what is meant by consensus. According to the DuFours, consensus occurs
when: All of us can embrace the proposal.
All of us can endorse the proposal. All of us can live with the proposal.
and all of us can agree not to sabotage the proposal. Arriving at consensus ensures that all points
of view have been heard. If true consensus has been attained, the will of the group is
evident even to those who most oppose it. What is critical is that once consensus is
reached, team members agree to support the group’s decision. With consensus about the norms of the team,
it is often useful to create protocols for the team to use to make work progress more
smoothly. Protocols provide powerful tools for PLCs to function effectively.