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Biography of Dr. Budd

Dr. Jonathan S. Budd joined the Woodbridge School District as its Superintendent in December 2020. The first two decades of his career focused on teaching English and directing writing and reading programs, first in the Windsor Public Schools and then in the Region No. 9 (Easton-Redding) Public Schools. Subsequently, from 2015-2020 he served the Trumbull Public Schools as Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessments; Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessments; and Assistant Superintendent. One of fewer than ten Connecticut educators with National Board Certification in English Language Arts / Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Dr. Budd holds a B.A. in English and Music from Connecticut College, an M.A. in English from Trinity College (Hartford), a Sixth-Year Diploma in Educational Leadership from the University of Connecticut, and an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Budd has served as a content-area expert on assessment panels formed by CSDE (Connecticut State Department of Education), SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), NCSC (National Center and State Collaborative), and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. His professional publications include “Local Educators Look at the Common Core” (with Bernard Josefsberg, in The Superintendent’s Fieldbook, 2nd ed., Corwin, 2013); “The Common Core Standards: Using the Power Wisely” (English Leadership Quarterly, Oct. 2011); and “Romping with Joy and, Yes, Loving Poetry” (English Leadership Quarterly, April 2010). He was named Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Connecticut Administrative Preparation Program in 2019. Dr. Budd’s most recent professional work outside the Superintendency includes co-presentation on virtual learning for early learners (“Meeting Needs of the Whole Child: Distance Learning for PreK-2 Students,” RESC Alliance Virtual Learning Institute, July 2020), and membership on the State Department of Education’s English Language Learner Advisory and Accountability Committee and the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education Department of Educational Leadership’s Leadership Preparation Advisory Committee.