Conversations About Portrait of a Graduate

Since the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, school district staff, students, families, and community members have been holding conversations around what a Waterbury Public Schools graduate should be able to accomplish, what they should know, and what character traits they will need to succeed in life. Many of those conversations have been documented, including:

November 13, 2018 - Community Conversation 

The Waterbury Board of Education, the CT Association of Boards of Education, and the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Foundation held a Community Conversation on the Portrait of a Graduate, especially as it relates to students of color, at Waterbury Arts Magnet School. Following a light dinner catered by the students at PAL and a quick introduction to the topic, the participants broke up into groups and discussed what graduates of Waterbury Public Schools should know and be able to accomplish.

community conversation


October 9, 2018 - Convocation for Staff

More than a thousand school and district staff gathered at the Palace Theater to learn firsthand from Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin how the district plans to develop a strategy that will allow Waterbury Public School students to be successful as graduates.

dr. ruffin at convocation

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October 4, 2018 - Conversation with Focus Group of Students

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October 3, 2018 - Title I District Parent Advisory Council Annual Meeting

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michelle Baker led the discussion on Portrait of a Graduate with parents who attended the annual Title I DPAC meeting. Parents were pleased to share some of their thoughts on what a successful graduate should look like. 

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