BloomBoard and Waterbury Public Schools announced a partnership to create Waterbury U. This initiative focuses on the current teacher retention crisis while supporting the unique needs of students. Waterbury U offers teachers on-the-job professional learning opportunities to advance them in their professional journey. The program allows educators to earn graduate credit, which can lead to a full master's degree and salary advancement.
In addition, Waterbury Public Schools will cover all costs associated with participation for up to 800 staff members.
"This partnership gives our hard-working educators a voice and a choice in their learning," says Dr. Verna Ruffin, Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools. "I see BloomBoard as a partner in helping us grow our own talent, including the number of paraprofessionals who aspire to become teachers or aspire to be better paraprofessionals. An effective and happy teacher is paramount to ensuring student success. Therefore, supporting teachers with Waterbury U is the key to supporting the unique needs of all students."
This program aims to provide a special incentive that encourages current education staff to stay within the district while encouraging new teachers and staff to join the school community.