Here is a set of 7 STARTER TEMPLATES for common school needs that leverage Branching Minds' variables to pull in student information. These starter templates are available for you to download and customize to meet your school or district's needs. For instructions how to upload templates to the platform after they've been configured, click here.

Customizing Templates With Variables

When creating new letter templates for family communication or forms, you can insert any of the variables below. Branching Minds will then replace the variable placeholder with the data when you generate a letter for a specific student.

Please note that when adding a variable to a template, variables which output paragraphs must be added to new paragraphs with no other text in the same line.

Student Information Variables:

{{ student.id }}

Outputs the student's ID number.

{{ student.full_name }}

The student's full name.

{{ student.first_name }}

The student's first name.

{{ school.name }}

The name of the school the student attends.

{{ author.full_name }}

Full name of the person generating the letter.

{{ author.email }}

Email address of the person generating the letter.

Intervention Plan Variables:

{{ active_plans }}

Outputs only active intervention plans (plans with an end date beyond the date the letter is generated) for every topic for the current school year, including goals, supports, and assessments.

{{ topic.reading.active_plans }}
{{ topic.math.active_plans }}
{{ topic.writing.active_plans }}
{{ topic.behavior.active_plans }}
{{ topic.speech.active_plans }}
{{ topic.social_studies.active_plans }}
{{ topic.science.active_plans }}

Outputs only active intervention plans (plans with an end date beyond the date the letter is generated) for specified topic for the current school year, including goals, supports, and assessments.

{{ current_plans }}

Outputs recent intervention plans (previous 45 days) for every topic for the current school year, including goals, supports, and assessments.

{{ topic.reading.current_plans }}
{{ topic.math.current_plans }}
{{ topic.writing.current_plans }}
{{ topic.behavior.current_plans }}
{{ topic.speech.current_plans }}
{{ topic.social_studies.current_plans }}
{{ topic.science.current_plans }}

Outputs recent intervention plans (previous 45 days) for specified topic for the current school year, including goals, supports, and assessments.

Topic-Specific Tier Level Variables:

{{ topic.reading.current_tier }}
{{ topic.math.current_tier }}
{{ topic.writing.current_tier }}
{{ topic.behavior.current_tier }}
{{ topic.speech.current_tier }}
{{ topic.social_studies.current_tier }}
{{ topic.science.current_tier }}

Outputs the student's current numerical tier level in the specified topic.

For example: Reading Tier {{ topic.reading.current_tier }} will output: Reading Tier 2

Benchmark Score Variables:

{{ recent_benchmark_scores }}

Outputs the most recent available benchmark score for every topic for the current school year.

{{ topic.reading.recent_benchmark_scores }}
{{ topic.math.recent_benchmark_scores }}
{{ topic.writing.recent_benchmark_scores }}
{{ topic.behavior.recent_benchmark_scores }}
{{ topic.speech.recent_benchmark_scores }}
{{ topic.social_studies.recent_benchmark_scores }}
{{ topic.science.recent_benchmark_scores }}

Outputs the most recent available benchmark score for the specified topic for the current school year.

Behavior Incident Variables:

{{ latest_behavior_incident}}

Outputs the most recent behavior incident logged for that student.

{{ behavior_incidents }}

Outputs all of the behavior incidents logged for that student since the beginning of the school year.

Date Variable:

To have the date auto populate on a word doc, select "insert" "date and time" and make sure "auto populate" box is checked.

Custom Variables:

A custom variable can be used to populate into templates any text information that one of the above variables is not designed to capture. For example, if you were inviting parents to a meeting and wanted to include the location of the meeting in the letter, you could create a custom variable in which you could put the prompt "meeting details" inside a set of brackets and remove any spaces with _ like this, (tip: do not include any backslash  / character as it will cause an error when the file is being generated)

{{ meeting_details }}

When you go to generate that letter, BRM will prompt you to fill in that variable with what the meeting details actually are. 

*Custom Variables were designed for short text with minimal formatting. 


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