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Wilby High School Accepted into Connecticut State Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Network

Students at Wilby High School

We are delighted to announce that Wilby High School will join the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Network following a rigorous application process that spanned several months. The Network is a commitment between local stakeholders and the CSDE to dramatically improve school climate, culture and student achievement. The Network infuses new resources and empowers teachers and school leaders to implement research-based strategies in their school. 

“Turnaround work is some of the most challenging yet rewarding work that a school principal, staff and team could possibly engage in,” said Superintendent Dr. Verna D. Ruffin. “It is such an important step for Wilby High School to be accepted into the Commissioner’s Network, which not only honors the work of the staff in preparation for this work, but will also provide additional resources and support to accomplish the challenging work that lies ahead. Meeting the needs of all children in a deeper, more meaningful way has now been handed over to Wilby High School as a part of the Network. We are grateful to the State Board of Education for approving their plan and to the CSDE for their support. We are deeply appreciative of the Waterbury Public Schools’ Board of Education support as we engage in this meaningful work in Waterbury.”

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Waterbury Public Schools to leverage resources and assistance from the State to continue the progress that was made during Wilby High School’s Commissioner’s Network planning year,” said Matt Brown, Chief Turnaround Officer. “Wilby has a strong plan, created by a wide range of stakeholders, that the state has approved and when implemented has the potential to positively impact the educational experiences of the Wilby school community. Waterbury has a cohort of four schools now in the Network that are implementing and sharing the best practices and evidenced-based solutions to a range of challenges. Wilby’s addition to this group will most certainly advance the district’s ability to achieve its mission of inspiring and preparing every student to be successful in and beyond school.”

Schools participate in the network for three to five years. North End, Wallace and West Side Middle Schools are also part of the Commissioner’s Network.





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