Through a probabilistic functionalism model, this research sought to identify concordance and dissonance in the voices of urban educators. The educators surveyed were optimistic that changes at the building level can positively impact educational outcomes for students; along with the optimism was a sense of purpose and commitment. The synergy of teacher and leader voices in the data suggest that alignment is possible; while the lens model highlights the importance of empowering educators to improve efficacy, to compel choices that will heighten student success and drive change in societal expectations.
Gregory, Jess L.; Lewis, Damon; Noto, Lori A.; and Margolis, Ethan, "Aligning Voices, Urban Teachers and Leaders" (2011). NERA Conference Proceedings 2011. 9.