English Learner (EL) Services

The EL population has grown dramatically over the past five years, presenting new challenges and opportunities to Mississippi educators. Now, as a result of requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act and our MS Accountability System, educators will be held responsible for moving EL
students on the LAS Links assessment. Schools also must ensure that EL students are given access to the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards while learning English.

Bailey Education Group is excited to offer 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 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:

•Instructional strategies and student engagement PD
• Instructional coaching for both EL teachers and general
classroom teachers
• Parent and family engagement EL events
• Cultural proficiency training, including training specific to
Arabic and Latino culture
• Student tutorials to support students taking the LAS Links
• A foreign language EL simulation experience for teachers
and administrators
• Specialized training for teachers of newcomer students
who speak little or no English
• A LAS Links Second Semester Prep Guide, which includes
sample questions not available anywhere else
• EL data walks
• Development of EL plans for schools or districts
• EL programmatic consulting and federal programs
compliance and monitoring support

Goal Statement: Our goal is to help schools and
districts create equitable, accessible learning environments
and instructional experiences that equip
ELs to access the core academic content, while
also learning English.

Target Audience: EL students learn best when all
practitioners within the school and district work
collaboratively to help them learn. Recognizing the
need for a collaborative approach, services and
supports are provided to general education teachers,
EL teachers, paraprofessionals, principals and
assistant principals, interventionists, counselors,
federal programs directors, EL coordinators, and
others who serve EL students and families.

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.