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Connection Before Expectation: Advanced Contemporary Education Using Trauma Informed Lens

Okmulgee ACE High School is a personalized, blended-learning environment: not only where students are able to dynamically customize their schedule and education, but also where students are nourished toward a culture of success. ACE High School was developed out of concern for lack of success in our students academically, socially and emotionally and post graduation. Three years into our development process, we are understanding the implications of the approach "taking care of the whole child." With "taking care of the whole child" as the primary focus in building this school, our hind site is that the school is organically using a trauma informed approach. "Taking care of the whole child" focuses on using differentiated instruction with all students as well as teaching and employing guided self agency. The combination of these efforts has resulted in a variety of successes, including those unforeseen, with our students.

This talk was presented at:
2020 National ESEA Conference
February 2020 in Atlanta, GA
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Rose Bowcut

English Teacher and Dean of Culture, Okmulgee ACE High School

Mike James, Sr.

Okmulgee Public Schools Board Member since 2011. Associates degree from OSUIT-Okmulgee in secondary education, B.S. in children and family services from Oklahoma State University, M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling Langston University. Married to Angela James since June 3rd of 1989. Father of 5 (3 daughters, 2 sons), 1985 Okmulgee High School Graduate. U.S. Army 1986-1992 with a tour in Operation Desert Storm. Currently employed with the Social Security Administration.

Mark Tuggle

Mark Tuggle is a 1992 graduate of Okmulgee High School. He serves as the Vice-President of the Okmulgee School Board, President-Elect of the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Main Street Board of Directors, and is the logistics chair of the Pecan Festival held annually during the summer.  He has been a volunteer for the CASA chili supper, the Okmulgee County Basketball Tournament, Special Olympics state games, and many other activities throughout the community. Mark is also a NCAA Div. II football official.  A member of the St. Matthews Baptist Church he is the senior audio technician and the coordinator of the Recreation Ministry.  Mark is a Smith System certified defensive driving instructor which is taught at various companies throughout the country.  6 years ago with the help of his church Tuggle along with his wife founded Feed the Bulldogs, a program designed to feed the football players, coaches, trainers, and cheerleaders a meal before each game.

Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca Taylor is the mother of 5 children. She has worked as a Success Coach for Okmulgee ACE High School almost from the beginning of ACE. She is also a full-time college student who is completing her Bachelor’s Degree. Rebecca plans to continue her career in education. 

Rebecca’s role as success coach gives her the opportunity to build strong, appropriate relationships with students in order to be a resource and guide as they work toward their goals. She is always willing to go the extra mile for her students.  She is very compassionate when she needs to be and tough when the situation requires it. Her ability to be flexible and her love of students is what makes her an invaluable member of the ACE team.