Beryl Irene Bailey, Ed.D., CCC/SLP
Dr. Beryl Irene Bailey has 30 years of educational experience. A God-called professional, Dr. Bailey is the daughter of Virginia Myers Bailey and prodigy of the Disciples of Christ in the Northeastern District. She is currently the Director for Literacy for the Bloomfield, CT Public Schools and a National Literacy Consultant. Dr. Bailey is a former school principal, speech/language pathologist, turn-around specialist, literacy coach and regular and special education classroom teacher.
Dr. Bailey received her Doctorate Degree in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change from Nova Southeastern University in 2003. Her applied dissertation emphasized the use of multicultural children’s literature coupled with the structured read aloud process as a vehicle to improve reading and listening comprehension and social-emotional development and vocabulary skills in elementary children. She received her M.S. Degree in Communication Disorders from Southern Connecticut State University and her B.A. Degree in Education from Simmons College. Dr. Bailey is a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of Connecticut, holds her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and teaching certificates in special and elementary education and speech-language and hearing.
Dr. Bailey has a solid foundation in both application and scholarship of literacy, has published several language-based programs that have been successfully implemented within school districts in Connecticut. She is an author and national literacy consultant and has trained educators across the country in the new Common Core State Standards.
Dr. Bailey has presented at several local, state and national literacy conferences; 2nd Annual Data Showcase for the CT State Department of Education, 59th Annual Conference Connecticut Reading Association, 9th Annual Conference on Educating Students with Disabilities, National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing, 15th Annual New England Conference on Multicultural Education, 11th Annual Conference National Association for Multicultural Education and the 48th , 55th & 56th Annual Conference International Reading Association. In May 2014 she will teach an Institute at the 59th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association.
Dr. Bailey has received numerous awards for her work in education. In 2002 she was a finalist for Hartford Educator of the Year. In 2005 she received the Wilbur Cross Award: Humanities Project Director of the Year from the Connecticut Humanities Council and in 2009 she received the Nicholas Criscuolo Reading Award for Administrators from the Connecticut Reading Association. In 2010 Dr. Bailey was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Humanities Council. In 2011 she received Honorable citations from the Mayor of Hartford for her work in education.
Of all her accomplishments, Dr. Bailey is most proud of her daughter, Virginia Bailey-Barnes (Spouse-Raymond). Virginia has received her B.S. Degree from Southern Connecticut State University in 2007 in Interpersonal and Relational Communications and her M.S. Degrees from Central Connecticut State University in 2009 in Educational Leadership and School Counseling in 2012. Virginia is currently a school counselor at Global Communications Academy in Hartford, CT.
Dr. Bailey’s favorite quotes, “All that I am I owe to God and my mother, Mrs. Virginia Myers Bailey.” And “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.”