Waterbury U Welcomes 80 Educators the Opportunity to Continued Education


WATERBURY- Today, Waterbury Public Schools welcomed 80 staff members who were accepted into the Waterbury U program. The Waterbury U Signing Day was held at Waterbury Arts Magnet School where Superintendent Dr. Verna D. Ruffin alongside Bloomboard’s Senior Account Representative Dr. Keshia Pleasant, Bloomboard’s Lead Program Manager Kristina Catanese, and the Board of Education Commissioners celebrated and honored those beginning their journey to professional development. 

On August 25, 2022, Waterbury Public Schools and BloomBoard announced a partnership to create the Waterbury U initiative that addresses the current teacher shortage while offering educators professional learning opportunities. Waterbury U was designed to assist in professional development and allow educators to earn a graduate credit, which can lead to a full master’s degree and salary promotion. In addition, Waterbury Public Schools will cover all costs associated with participation for up to 800 Micro-Endorsements.

“Signing Day was a remarkable and historic day for Waterbury Public Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Verna D. Ruffin. “Waterbury U is a great opportunity for our staff to grow professionally in a pathway that interests them. Waterbury U will provide our staff with the keys to opening new doors of opportunity and advancement in Waterbury!”

The current pathways offered through Waterbury U include:

●      Foundations of Leadership
●      Foundations of Instruction
●      Foundations of Attending to Equity
●      Foundations of Addressing Student Well-Being
●      Classroom Management

Sanford Kenyon, BloomBoard’s CEO, praised the district’s efforts, “BloomBoard is thrilled to be onsite today working in partnership with Dr. Ruffin and her team on executing an innovative plan for teacher retention and development. Dr. Ruffin’s commitment to making professional advancement a benefit of working within the Waterbury Public Schools, and supporting teachers in earning their advancement credentials while they’re at work in their classrooms, will make this a district of choice for aspirational educators.”

To learn more about Waterbury U, visit this page.

 For more on BloomBoard, visit www.bloomboard.com.  

About Waterbury Public Schools
Waterbury Public Schools offer a comprehensive educational program to over 18,600 students in grades Pre-K through 12. This program includes core academics, fine and applied arts, health and fitness, and career pathway offerings as well as special education, an alternative school, and several enrichment programs. Waterbury Public Schools mission is to inspire and prepare every student to be successful in and beyond school. Learn more at www.waterbury.k12.ct.us.

About BloomBoard
BloomBoard is a talent development provider that enables K-12 school districts to grow, advance and retain educators by making professional education a benefit of employment. We offer turn-key programs for school districts to move educators forward at all points of their professional journey. Our platform connects districts to higher education institutions that offer apprenticeship, certification, and degree programs using a unique, on-the-job instructional model. We help to assess needs, build and implement plans, and celebrate educator success.


Belen Michelis, Director of Communications, belen.michelis@waterbury.k12.ct.us
BloomBoard, Media Contact, 608-216-7300

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