School kits and templates

Day in, day out, teachers in your school will be using Classcraft for behavior management — it is a core feature, after all! Coming up with a behavior list for your district or school is a massive undertaking that sets the tone for the rest of the year.

To make your initial setup easier, Classcraft provides templates with the full Tier 1 intervention package: goals, competencies, positive and negative behaviors, pledges, and settings.

In this article learn more about:

School Kits and templates terminology

Behavior settings - These settings define what students are expected to do or not. An example could be “Consider others' feelings when making a decision.” You can choose a handful of positive and negative behavior settings for each grade in your school.

Goals - Goals are broad categories of behaviors and skills that students should aspire to develop over the course of the year. They are refined by the more specific competencies.

School Kit - A School Kit provides positive and negative behavior settings, power descriptions, and pledges for one or more grades. Our templates provide School Kits for Early Elementary, Elementary, Middle, and High Schools but you can create and edit kits that correspond to the needs of your school.

Template - Templates provide pre-made School Kits, as well as goals and competencies. Each School Kit is complete with positive and negative behaviors, powers, and pledges that you can add to your dashboard and use as a base for your own School Kits.

Tier 1 intervention - Tier 1 intervention, sometimes referred to as Universal or Schoolwide Intervention are the behaviors, powers, and pledge settings shared by all the students in a given grade. These define the expectations you have for all of your students.

Check out the glossary of commonly used terms if you come across a term you don’t know.

Templates

To view the templates created by the Classcraft team, click Templates in the lefthand side navigation. In this section, you can view the templates library and import School Kits. Templates are listed alphabetically but you can filter the list using the template tags.

Click on a template name to view its full description and content, which look something like this:

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Found on the template overview:

  • Template icon
  • Template description
  • Link to the goals and competencies: Because they are overarching and cover all School Kits in a template, they’re listed separately from other settings.
  • Add to my School Kits: After selecting one or more School Kits from the list below, click this button to add them to your account.
  • School Kits: Click on a School Kit to select it, once it’s selected, a checkmark appears in the upper right corner.
  • Preview: Before importing a School Kit to your account, you can view its content: positive and negative behaviors, powers, and pledges.

School Kits overview

Every template provided by Classcraft contains several School Kits. The template is the foundation of every School Kit, and, as such, provides goals and competencies. On the other hand, School Kits are created with specific grades in mind, although you can use a School Kit for any grade you choose.

Let's illustrate this with a CASEL example. One of the Goals is "Interpersonal skills". This translates very differently for students in first and 12th grades.

Expected behaviors in the School Kit for early elementary school:

  • Putting yourself in another’s shoes
  • Playing well with others
  • Being unkind

And for high school students:

  • Showing respect or empathy for others
  • Using appropriate strategies to resolve conflicts
  • Choosing to be unkind to others

Review settings in a School Kit before you import it. Once it's in your account, you can manually edit any setting (except game-based powers), including the grades it's assigned to. Importing any School Kit in a template automatically imports its goals and competencies.

Managing School Kits

In the School Kit section of your administrator dashboard, you can edit multiple aspects of the School Kits imported from our templates and even create your own from scratch!

If you have imported any School Kit from one of our templates, goals and competencies are already listed here. If you have imported School Kits from more than one template, all goals and competencies are listed back to back. Once imported, they’re no longer attached to a specific template.

First, let's see how to manage your own School Kits library.

Adding a School Kit manually

To create a whole new School Kit that more closely match your district or school's need:

  • Click Tier 1 in your sidebar navigation
  • Click the purple Add School Kit button
  • Enter a name for your School Kit
  • Optionally, you can choose an existing School Kit as a reference
  • Click Save to create a single School Kit or Save and create new to create your new kit and start another immediately after

Once your School Kit has been creating, select it in the list to edit its Tier 1 settings.

Making a copy

Once you have at least one School Kit in the list you can make a copy of it. Consider doing this when only few changes from one grade band to another. To make a copy of a School Kit:

  • Click Tier 1 in the sidebar navigation
  • Find the School Kit you want to copy on the list
  • Click the More options (...) button
  • Select the Make a copy option

This will create a "Copy of" duplicate that you can edit freely.

Editing a School Kit

You can edit a School Kit's name and associated grades easily!

  • Click on Tier 1 in the sidebar navigation
  • Find the School Kit you want to edit on the list
  • Click the More options (...) button
  • Select Edit name and grades

Here, you can pick a different name for the School Kit by entering it in the text field. Choose the grade(s) you want to assign to this kit.

You can assign one or more grade and if you assign no grades, no teacher will be able to access this School Kit. Any grade currently assigned to a different School Kit will automatically be transfered to the kit you're now assigning it to (a single grade can only be assigned to one School Kit).

When you're done, click Save to confirm.

Deleting a School Kit

When you're no longer using a School Kit in your school, you can remove it from the list.

  • Click Tier 1 in the sidebar navigation
  • Find the School Kit you want to edit on the list
  • Click the More options (...) button
  • Select the Delete option
  • Confirm that you want to delete this kit and its content by clicking Delete

Setting the default School Kit

Students that are in grades currently not assigned to any School Kit will have access to the behaviors, pledges, and powers from the default School Kit. To select your default School Kit:

  • Click Tier 1 in the sidebar navigation
  • Find the School Kit you want to edit on the list
  • Click the More options (...) button
  • Select the Mark as default option

Goals and competencies

As goals are the overarching themes you want students to master, they tend to stand out, most notably with a picture that represents them. When a teacher uses a behavior associated with a specific goal, students will see the goal’s picture, which reinforces the connection between the behaviors and goal.

As competencies more precisely define how goals are expected to manifest, they are listed below the goal they belong to. Unlike goals, no image is associated with a competency.

On the list, a checkmark indicates that a goal is currently associated with a behavior that’s “active,” meaning currently in use.

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Adding a goal

If you want to create a whole new goal for your district or school:

  • Proceed to the Goals section of the administrator dashboard
  • Click the purple Add goal button

You can then:

  • Enter a description for your goal, which is something that teachers can see but not students. This should be a broad skills students at your district or school should strive to develop.
  • Select a goal picture by clicking on the existing picture — try picking a different picture for every goal as students can see them and it can help them see the link between different behaviors.
  • Add competencies to this goal by clicking the Add competency button, then enter its description. Competencies are more specific than goals and can better explain what you expect students to do.

When you’re done, click the purple Save button to return to the goals list or Save and create new to start creating another goal right away.

Editing a goal (and its competencies)

To edit a goal, proceed to the Goals section of your administrator dashboard, click the More options (...) button, and select Edit. When you edit a goal, you can:

  • Change the display picture
  • Edit the goal description
  • Add competencies to the goal
  • Delete existing competencies (by clicking the appropriate Delete button)
  • Edit any competency’s description

When you’re done, click Save to return to your goal list.

Deleting a goal

To manually delete a goal, proceed to the Goals section of your administrator dashboard,  click the More options (...) button and select Delete. Click Delete again to confirm your action.

To delete a competency, instead choose to edit the goal.

More information:

  • School Kits and Tier 1 intervention
  • Tier 2 & 3 intervention
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