Templates, goals, and competencies
You can start creating behavior settings, powers, and sentences as you create your district or school. To streamline your experience, we’ve created a list of templates you can browse, view, and import to your dashboard.
These templates already contain goals, competencies, and School Kits with behaviors, powers, and sentences. Goals and competencies are overarching expectations you have for all students at your school. School Kits contain behaviors, powers, and sentences and can be assigned to one or more grades.
Not sure what these terms mean? Check out our glossary for a refresher!
- Viewing and using templates
- Goals and competencies overview
Viewing and using templates
Templates are stored in a library that you can access and browse from your District or School Dashboard. To view this read-only list, click on “Templates” on the side panel of your dashboard.
“Filter by” provides a list of labels assigned to templates. Click on any of them to filter the list and view only selected templates.
The template’s icon and name should help you better understand what it is, but you can click on a template to view its description and settings. Most templates are aligned to specific standards (such as ISTE or CASEL) or use a states’ framework (such as New York SEL Benchmarks, or Texas SEL Reference).
While we provide you with suggested grades for each template, you don’t need to use the School Kits with our suggestions. You can also import as many or as few School Kits as you need from any template. You can use the templates however works better for you, your teachers, and your students.
First, review a template’s goals and competencies by clicking on “View goals and competencies.” These overarching expectations for your students help organize behavior settings.
You can’t import goals to your dashboard: they’re attached to the School Kits and will automatically be added when you import any kit. You can, however, manually create goals if you prefer. Learn more about this here.
After checking out the goals, click on “X” to close the window and return to the template view.
Click on “Preview” to view any School Kit's behaviors, powers, and sentences.
To add one or more School Kits to your school or district, select them and click on the green “Add to my School Kits” button.
Note that teachers at your school won't be able to use these kits until you manually assign grades to them. Click here to learn more about School Kits.
Goals and competencies overview
Whether you’ve imported a School Kit template from our library or want to create your kits from scratch, you can create goals and competencies to support your behavior settings. To manage them, click on “Goals” in the side panel.
Viewing and editing goals
When visiting the Goals section of your dashboard, you can see a list of existing goals. They are listed in the order they’ve been created. Each goal is accompanied by an image (if you have selected one). Below the goal, all its competencies are listed.
A goal marked as “Active” is effectively associated with a behavior that’s part of a School Kit associated with a grade. As such, “Active” goals are effectively visible to teachers in your school and can be monitored.
Click on any goal to edit it. You may instead click on the “...” button to open the submenu and select “Edit.”
When editing a goal, you can:
- Choose a different icon
- Change the description
- Change the competencies' description
- Add or remove competencies
When you’re done making changes click the “Save” button to return to the goals list.
Adding a goal
Note: Goals are ordered from the first created to the last.
To manually create a goal for your school, click the green “Add Goal” button” above the list.
Click on the image to pick a different one from the gallery. It’s a good idea to use different icons for different goals. These images are visible to students and teachers and help see the relationship between different behaviors.
Enter your goal's description. This should be a broad skill that you’re hoping to see students at your school develop. If you need some goal ideas, check out our different templates!
To better organize your goals, you may want to break them down into competencies. Competencies are more general than behaviors but more specific than goals. Each goal can have several competencies. For example, a single goal could have competencies tied to different grades.
To add a competency, click the “Add Competency” button and enter a description. You can add any number of competencies to a goal.
When you’re done, click “Save” to save changes and return to the goals list, or “Save and Create New” to save this goal and start adding a new one.
Deleting a goal
To delete a goal, click the “...” button to open the submenu. Click on “Delete” to confirm. When you delete a goal, all its competencies are also deleted. The behaviors are not deleted, however, and will simply appear as not being linked to a specific goal. To delete behaviors, go to the Tier 1 section of your District or School Dashboard.