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A Title VII Program - Johnson O'Malley Program
It is our mission to provide our community of learners with educational opportunities to acquire and develop the best possible academic, vocational, recreational, social, and participatory skills, enabling them to become valued, contributing members of a changing global society. The program was honored by Muscogee Creek Nation in 2010.
The Title VII and JOM programs are designed to assist Native American students by supporting access to programs that meet their unique educational and culturally related academic needs. Both programs are taught by highly qualified certified teachers and counselors. Referrals are accepted by parents, teachers, counselors and students.
Jackie White, senior executive director of Federal Programs at Union Public Schools, serves on the National Johnson-O’Malley Board of Directors, a nonprofit, educational organization which coordinates issues affecting Native American students and families.
Title VII Program
Title VII is a federally funded program through the Department of Education operating within the Office of Indian Education in Washington, D.C. Funds go directly to local programs to meet academic, social, and cultural needs, as well as college and career planning. All students of Native American descent are eligible to participate whose tribe is recognized by the federal government. Eligibility does not consider income level. Procedures for enrolling your school-age child as a recipient of the program begin with the completion of a Title VII Student Eligibility Certification Form (506), which may be obtained at the Education Service Center or any Union school. This form must be approved by the federal program office prior to services.
Johnson O’Malley Program (JOM)
Johnson O’Malley is a federally funded program through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Education in Washington D.C. Union’s Native American Education Program provides the operational support for JOM. Union subcontracts with Muscogee Creek Nation. Funds provide academic tutoring, counseling, student fieldtrips, and cultural activities. To be eligible for services under JOM, you must submit a copy of your child's Certified Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) Card, or tribal membershop card Eligibility does not consider income level.
Tutoring in Reading and Math
College and Career Counseling
Summer school tuition reimbursement (pre-approved)
Night school tuition reimbursement (pre-approved)
Fees for ACT/SAT/AP/PSAT testing reimbursement (pre-approved)
Academic/Cultural presentation and resources
Professional Development for teachers and counselors
Union’s Native American Program is administered by the Senior Executive Director of Federal Programs whose office is located at the Education Service Center, 8506 E. 61st Street.
Parent Committee - Roles & Responsibilities
The Native American Programs are governed by Parent Committees. The Johnson-O'Malley program is designed and monitored by the Indian Education Committee (IEC). Title VII is designed and monitored by the Native American Education Committee (NAEC.) The Committee consists of parents of Native American students enrolled in Union Public Schools. Meetings are conducted four times a year. The involvement of the Parent Committee is vital to the administration of the programs. The Director and committees work together to meet the goals and objectives of the programs.
The roles and responsibilities of the Parent Committee are:
Establish the by-laws which detail responsibilities and authority in accordance with the Indian Education Act regulations.
Serve in an advisory/advocacy role to the Senior Executive Director.
Approve all program components and budgets.
Monitor program activities and budgets.
Ensure that educational and/or cultural needs of Indian students are addressed.
Native American Student Association (NASA)
The Native American Student Association is an organization which provides an opportunity for students in grades 8 – 12 to enhance their educational experiences through cultural diversity. Membership is open to students of Native American descent.
In the spring of 2012, Jackie White was named to the National Johnson-O’Malley Board of Directors, a nonprofit, educational organization which coordinates issues affecting Native American students and families. White will represent Region 3A of the Board through 2019, serving as one of two representatives for the largest of six regions covering the United States, including Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North, Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
White will work with all the directors to create a network of educational matters and develop standards of educational excellence for Native American students served by a myriad of programs in the United States. White will serve as a liaison with tribal, state and federal governmental agencies and other educational organizations including the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Education Association. White will also serve as an advocate for the federal Johnson-O’Malley (JOM) programs and the rights of Native American children through the 12th grade.
White came to Union Public Schools in 1992 as the Director of Ancillary Services which included Special Education, Fine Arts, Library Media, and Community Education. In 1999, she became the Executive Director of Pupil Accounting/Grants where she oversees the pupil accounting system, district child counts, and statistical data for state aid. The district Enrollment Center which includes enrollment, transfers, and residency investigations is also within her department. White also manages claims processing, budgeting, and financial reporting for the local, state, and federal grants received by the district each year.
White has more than 40 years in public education. She received her bachelors’ degree in special education in 1972 and master’s degree in public school administration in 1979 from Northeastern State University. She received her superintendent certification from the University of Tulsa in 1988.
Prior to coming to Union, White was at Muskogee Public Schools for 14 years where she served as a teacher of special education, site principal and director of federal programs, adult and community education, and transportation.
White is a member of the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators, Cooperative Council of Oklahoma School Administrators, Oklahoma Association of School Business Officials and serves on the state Title I Committee of Practitioners of Federal Programs. She has completed the Oklahoma Center for School Business Management Program.
White is a member of the Cherokee Nation and member of the Trail of Tears and Descendants of Nancy Ward Association.
Sue Haralson named a national Native American Teacher of the Year;
Union Schools honored nationally for Native American programs
Union seventh grade teacher Sue Haralson was named a national Native American Teacher of the Year, and Union Public Schools was honored for its exemplary Native American programs during the National Johnson-O'Malley Organization conference in Portland, Oregon, in the spring of 2015. See story
“These honors are both wonderful. Sue Haralson is a great teacher as are all of our teachers and staff members who help Union provide services to our Native American families. We are very grateful to be honored at the national conference and hope to continue providing the same level of service to our Native Americans,” said Jackie White, Director of Federal Programs and JOM program director for Union. This is the second big honor for Haralson, who was named the Seventh Grade Teacher of the Year for 2013-2014.
Union Public Schools has been named the Exemplary School of the Year by the Muscogee Creek Nation in recognition of Union’s Native American Johnson O’Malley program.
“The Native American staff is very proud to be recognized by the Muscogee Creek Nation,” said Susan Crowder, then director of Federal Programs (now Director of Community Education.) “Union’s Native American program is successful because of its staff and the many parents and students with whom we work with every day. Together, we make a great team!”
Union was cited for an “impressive program” that offers tutoring and counseling for eligible students in grades 8-12 that helps them plan and prepare for college or career training. Representatives with Muscogee Creek Nation lauded Union educators for making student needs a priority and taking a genuine interest in their students as well as for the enthusiasm that teachers, counselors, and staff show as they manage the program. Union also received $500.
Union was lauded for its ability to quickly and accurately turn around paperwork involving transfers of students, submitting required documentation and expenditure claims in a timely and professional manner, and by allowing students to compete at the Junior High and High School level for the first time in the Annual Challenge Bowl – which “shows great support for their Indian Education Program.”
According to Joe Martel, JOM Activities Coordinator, out of 70 JOM Scholarship applicants, 19 were submitted from Union and it received three scholarship awards.
In citing Union, Virginia Thomas, JOM manager, wrote, “The success of this program could not be possible without the active involvement of the JOM Parent Committee, administrators, faculty, and staff. Thank you for all you do in keeping our native youth on the right track.”