Local & State Dignitaries Get The Big Bucks When Visiting Two Troup County Schools
Visitors from the local Department of Justice and Georgia Department of Education dropped in to visit two Troup County schools that are in their first year of Positive Behavioral and Supports (PBIS) implementation – Callaway Middle and Franklin Forest Elementary schools.
Greeted by student leaders and offered school PBIS bucks, while at each campus, the dignitaries experienced the program first-hand. Student guides, teachers and administrators walked them through how each school has fostered the PBIS platform to positively impact school climate.
For example, at Callaway Middle School, they witnessed how students learn essential money saving and mathematical skills when they deposit Cavalier Cash into their account sponsored by partner in education Commercial Bank & Trust. Through these real-life banking experiences, students foster money management skills and gain interest on deposited funds in order to purchase larger prizes like bikes.
At Franklin Forest Elementary, administrators have realized students use their bucks for quality time and fun activities instead of purchasing items in the PBIS store. This can include lunch with the principal or wearing a hat on ‘hat day’. Students simply save up their Falcon Bucks and turn them in when they have enough for the prize or activity they want. Recently, PBIS shirts have been in demand and the faculty has placed another order to keep them in stock. The tiedied shirt highlights the school’s PBIS tenants: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe.
Kim Crawford is an Early Intervention Program Teacher and Franklin Forest’s PBIS Coordinator who presented to the group. During the presentation she said, “PBIS identifies needs, develops strategies, and evaluates practices for a successful student. If the behavior and the culture is right, then the learning and academics will skyrocket. If the kids feel safe and in a positive environment then they will be more open to learning.”
During both visits, it was noted that PBIS does not recuse a student from consequences if they do not adhere to school rules or unruly behavior. “That’s a misconception of PBIS. We still have disciplinary rules in place, but PBIS allows us to use data to pinpoint certain behaviors, see where they start, and who may be the cause of the behavior. After researching the data, we can provide more support to students if needed,” Crawford said.