Neighborhood Opportunity Network

Supporting one another in a time of crisis

Weave to Achieve?!

Posted by brandnuheavy on December 16, 2010

The Action Team met on Wednesday, December 15th in the Media Center at Piney Branch Elementary School. The diverse team of parents, teachers, and school administrators continues to meet twice monthly to practice a collaborative approach to supporting their vision for a thriving, multicultural school.

The team is at a pivotal moment as it strategizes ways to weave its collaborative approach and guiding principles into the fabric of school life.

ESOL Teach Rachna Rikhye shares her drawing of a symbolic jigsaw puzzle.


During a creative exercise, ESOL teacher Rachna Rikhye shared a picture which illustrated the co-dependent relationship that she feels exists between acting collaboratively and achieving equity and empowerment for students and families.

Principal Generlette offers his ideas.


Piney Branch principal Bertram Generlette helped to sharpen the focus of the conversation by restating the bottom line, “Everything that we [PBES] do has to be working towards ensuring that students are successful, achieving, and doing well.”

Participants share into the circle.

The meeting closed with Team members discussing their next IMPACT-ful project which will focus on parent engagement and development through school-wide and community-based forums on the Maryland State Assessments (a standardized test given to students in March).

Stay tuned for updates on the next project and the progress of the “weaving” process!

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