Making R.E.A.L. World Connections in the PBIS School Store
Students are able to learn various job skills by applying, interviewing, and working in the PBIS School Store.
Garrett Middle School is in their first year of implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). The purpose of PBIS is to establish a positive school culture and climate by setting school-wide expectations, explicitly teaching expected behaviors, providing opportunities for practice and feedback, and sharing outcome data with all stakeholders. Garrett’s school-wide expectations for all Gators is that they are R.E.A.L: Respectful, Engaged, Accountable Leaders.
Diandra Robinson, a teacher at Garrett Middle School, was part of Cobb’s Teacher Leader Academy this school year. In Teacher Leader Academy, teachers choose a legacy project, which seeks to make a positive impact on their school, community, or society. Ms. Robinson integrated PBIS into her legacy project to offer 8th grade students the opportunity to apply and work in the PBIS store, where students spend points earned for demonstrating the school-wide expectations. To be considered, students were required to complete an online job application and participate in an interview. Once selected, the students who worked at the school store received the following incentives for their service:
- Making school announcements
- Biweekly PBIS Rewards Points
- Participation in staff meetings
- Decision making authority about what items go into the school store
- Badges with photo and job title
- Snack Friday in the cafeteria
Through Ms. Robinson’s creation of a PBIS store, staffed with students, they were able to experience real-world connections that will teach them valuable skills.
Kelly McNabb, Supervisor
Positive School Culture
Shantay, Evans, Contributing Author