Bersheril Bailey is a senior technical assistance consultant at AIR. She works with state education agencies and intermediate school districts to develop systems that increase academic achievement for all students. She provides technical assistance to build their capacity to design statewide systems of support as well as to ensure alignment and coherence of all components of the system. She works closely with the Michigan Department of Education to facilitate a collaborative, cross-office team to develop a Michigan High School Roadmap to Success website and guidance document for high schools across the state. As a member of the department’s Dropout Challenge team, she has presented on the topic of dropout prevention at the state and national conferences.
Bailey has worked in elementary, middle, and high schools as a special education teacher, teacher consultant, assistant principal, director of alternative programs, and high school principal. She implemented and supervised Smaller Learning Communities and a magnet program for mathematics, science and engineering. Her most notable accomplishments include creating and supervising innovative high school programs for students who struggled to succeed in traditional high school settings. Bailey has extensive experience and training in classroom management and school improvement and in creating a positive school climate and culture. She was chosen as Employee of the Year in 2006 by the superintendent and school board in her district.