"The Consenses curriculum is itself as beautifully constructed as a work of art..."
-Jessica Hoffmann Davis (Founding director of the Arts in Education Program at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and author of numerous books on arts learning including Why Our Schools need the Arts. 2008)
Prerequisites: Consenses Professional Development
Communication, Innovation, Problem Solving, Creativity, Analytic Thinking, Collaboration, Knowledge, Ethics, Action, Accountability. Studies have identified these skills as essential for the success of 21st-century students. In a world that is fragmented and divided, it is often difficult for people to consider, relate to or appreciate the perspectives of others. Consenses' Curriculum is a multidisciplinary, multimedia, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) platform that offers students an artistic game of ‘Telephone’ as a vehicle for unity, creativity, understanding, and tolerance. Using SEVEN different art forms (photography, painting, poetry, dance, music, sculpture and set design) the Consenses curriculum promotes self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making.
Sally Taylor created the Consenses Curriculum, in collaboration with Harvard School of Education Graduate students, so that students could learn to use art as a language and a lens through which to see themselves, each other and their world more clearly, compassionately, and expansively. Through the curriculum they learn tolerance and empathy through “listening” to others, not through their words, but through various art forms. CONSENSES positions students to succeed in the world by building the skills needed to be collaborative, critical thinkers with curious minds and contributing members of society.
Consenses is highly effective at spreading the message that everyone’s perspective is equal and valid, helping people to appreciate in new ways, both the limitations and the unique value of their own unique perspectives.
"I can't wait to teach it again!"
- Monique Robichaud, Holderness School, Visual & Performing Art Chair
"I think Consenses has been one of the most enlightening, eye-opening projects I have learned about in a very long time and it has truly changed the way I will perceive and understand art for the rest of my life. I can’t say enough about the project and I’m going to keep sharing it with others who would appreciate its purpose and reason for being created. I can say this is a project I will never forget. Thank you so much!”
- Lissette Velez-Cross, Emerson Student
"I learned that everyone interprets art differently. Not just art, but also life. People have their own point of views, even if you might be seeing the same thing.`"
- Student, Holderness School, NH
WHY USE THE CONSENSES CURRICULUM?!
So, at this point ...
you might be thinking "Ok, wait, so I've taken the Teacher Training PD and I'm now a certified Consenses Teacher, why don't I just make up my own class and start teaching Consenses on my own? Why do I need to use The Consenses Curriculum?" To which we'd say "Whoa! Slow down there!!!"
Consenses took 7 years for Sally Taylor to work the kinks out of and it took another 2 years, with the help of Harvard School of Education Graduate Students, to put this curriculum into place so save yourself the headache of having to worry about how to organize the student's artwork, whose work inspires whose, which mediums should follow which or even trying to figure out how to teach mediums (music, dance, poetry, sculpture etc.) you might not be familiar with.
Consenses Curriculum has got you covered. Each lesson is meticulously constructed to guide you blissfully and enthusiastically into your classroom each week confident in the knowledge that Consenses' Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Arts Based Competencies are being delivered at maximum capacity straight to your re-inspired students.
What's in it?
"I had to write a quick note to say how wonderful it is to have a program like this brought to the school. I found Consenses to be very inspirational and important – not just for art and music students but also for all students – and adults. Working together, listening to other people’s perspectives, hearing what other people bring to the table, using all of our senses in interpreting the world around us, and doing so without worrying if we’re “right” or “wrong” – she is making a program that speaks to each person and helps people grow both individually and together. Personally – I left inspired for the rest of my day!"
- Kristen Belloti, Parent,Coventry Public High School, RI