English Learner (EL) Services

The EL population has grown dramatically, presenting new challenges and opportunities for educators. Now, as a result of requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act, educators will be held responsible for moving EL students to English proficiency within five years of entering school. Schools also must ensure that EL students are given access to the College and Career Readiness Standards while learning English.

Bailey Education Group offers customized professional development and coaching to strengthen EL services and to help ensure EL students are moving to English language proficiency and mastery of academic standards.

Our services are personalized to meet the professional needs of each unique school district and the diverse EL populations served within. We also provide extensive opportunities for collaboration through our network of practitioners.

Bailey’s EL Services include:

  • Analysis to identify specific educator’s development needs
  • Personalized/practical instructional coaching
  • EL program development
  • Assistance in compliance with federal and state EL requirements (including EL identification, development of Language Service Plans and district EL plans)
  • Onsite job embedded coaching visits customized to individual and team needs

Coaching Focus:

Bailey’s English Learner specialist will customize support for administrators and teachers through individualized professional growth plans. Specialists will work to build capacity and produce positive results with a focus on the performance standards and areas of need:

  • Instructional Management/Data Management/Use
  • Instructional Strategies (for both EL and general classroom teachers)
  • Program Development
  • Instructional Coaching for Administrators
  • Parent and Family Engagement
  • Creating Equity
  • Cultural Proficiency
  • Student Engagement
  • Federal Programs Support

Service Delivery:

Training, coaching, modeling, and consultation.

EL Coaches:

Monique Henderson

Monique has more than 20 years of experience in education, including time spent researching and writing about public education in Mississippi, Southern California and Texas. She has worked as a teacher, serving students who are English learners, homeless students and migrant students. Most recently, she served as Director of Special Populations for the Mississippi Department of Education, overseeing the state’s English Learner, migrant, immigrant, neglected and delinquent and homeless initiatives.

She also has provided education supports to EL students and has co-authored three books about education and education leadership. A Meridian, Mississippi native, she holds a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Redlands in Southern California and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Redlands and Lone Star College in Conroe, Texas. Before going into education, she worked in journalism and public relations, as well as development. When she is not teaching, conducting professional development or writing, she and her husband, Matt, can be found cheering on their two active teenagers and trying to stay one step ahead of a spastic labradoodle. Monique will lead the English Language department for the Bailey TEAM.

Gwen King

Gwen King has a lifelong passion for serving English Learners. The Mississippi native spent her elementary and junior high years in Chile, where she became fluent in Spanish. She has more than 20 years of education experience, beginning her career as a high school Spanish teacher. She also served as the EL Coordinator in the Jones County School District for 14 years. Gwen recently served as the EL/Migrant/Immigrant Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Education, working to create the Mississippi EL Guidelines and Instructional Supports document. She holds a bachelor’s in Spanish, a master’s in curriculum and instruction and an education specialist degree in educational leadership. When she isn’t engaged in her work at MDE, the Clinton resident can be found keeping up with her busy family, including her three children and her husband, who also is an educator.

Stephanie Nichols

Stephanie has worked as an educator for over 25 years. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Florida and has since worked as an elementary school classroom teacher and resource teacher, curriculum specialist, assessment coordinator, Florida Continuous Improvement Model Coordinator, District Instructional Coach, university intern supervisor, adjunct instructor, research associate, mentor coach, and as a state of Mississippi federal grants program coordinator. Her areas of specialization include early childhood education, elementary education, English Learners, gifted education, reading intervention, federal programs, early literacy, and coaching pre-service and practicing teachers.  She holds professional educator certifications with endorsements in primary education K-3, elementary education 1-6, gifted education K-12 and ESOL K-12 in both Florida and Mississippi.  Stephanie is an EL coach with Bailey Education group supporting administrators, teachers and students in districts throughout MS.