What to Look for in an All-in-One School System

An all-in-one school system is the framework for an entire educational operation, freeing every person who has a role to play in education from some of the minutia of running a school. Here are the key factors to consider when selecting an all-in-one school system.

Benefits of an All-in-One School System

At its very highest level, a comprehensive all-in-one school system makes decision-making easier, by providing real-time data about everything from the edtech solutions that students are using to how many students require vaccinations before the next school year.

For Districts

Your choice of an all-in-one system should provide your district with the ability to easily plug in and organize data, using next-generation data analysis, reporting, and dashboard solutions that help districts make informed decisions. Look for a system that offers the ability to integrate real-time data, reporting, compliance, and tracking in a safe and secure environment.

For School Boards

Your all-in-one system should enhance productivity and be cost-effective. School board members should have their own portal through which they can access meeting minutes and other relevant information to accomplish their duties.

For Principals

Your all-in-one system should allow you to track your students from pre-K through high school and beyond. The advantages of this approach include tremendous cost- and time-saving efficiencies and the ability to accelerate the learning trajectory and wellbeing of each student in a just-in-time manner.

For Administrators

The all-in-one system you select should include a comprehensive communications tool to procure and disseminate all kinds of content, as a means of managing communication and learning for all stakeholders. Look for features that include:

  • Prohibited manual uploading of data by external systems
  • Curtailing of undo processing and manual entry by staff
  • Scheduling of daily student absence notifications, student assignments, progress reports, etc. that may be automatically sent for any school and grade level
  • Automatic tracking of all attempted and successful communications made to parents and guardians
  • District and school notifications, such as inclement weather reports, cancelled activities, etc.

For Health and Safety Staff

Your all-in-one system should provide you with an efficient student medical record management system that makes available immediate and historical information. All areas of student medical record keeping will be accessible from one screen, including a comprehensive student medical summary to review or print. Look for systems that allow you to record emergency contact information, manage immunizations, handle reporting requirements, and enable Medicaid billing.

For School IT Leaders

Security and compliance are key factors to consider when evaluating an all-in-one system for your school. The system should offer built-in full HIPAA and FERPA compliance, SSL certificates, inherent record locking features, and interoperability. The system should ensure compliance and maintenance of data integrity with little administrative oversight, secure remote access through portals, remote updates from original data sources, large file and directory processing capability, and secure disk storage.

For Teachers

Any all-in-one system your district chooses should be designed to support teachers in their efforts to not only meet standards but also give them the freedom to better engage with their students. Look for an integrated learning solution that focuses on student achievement and teacher peace of mind when it comes to standards-based grading and alignment with Common Core State Standards. This solution should provide an integrated grade book and lesson planner that enables teachers to perform all tasks and access all dashboard information from a single location, including letter grades and student mastery.

Your all-in-one system should also include integrated support for SPED – a comprehensive, federally and state compliant, special education system that manages the complexities and changing dynamics of special education reporting and supports both IEP and 504 management.

For Students

The all-in-one system should empower students to take control of their own education trajectory, allowing them to collaborate with mentors, teachers, and school counselors, as they journey toward college and career success. Students may build a profile that captures accomplishments and follows them throughout their school career.

For Parents

The all-in-one system should make managing a child’s education easy for parents, from facilitating a wide range of communications to paying fees and buying lunches online with ease and security. Information about their students, including report cards and progress reports, school communications, and schedule updates should be readily accessible.

Supporting Education from Every Angle

An all-in-one system provides relevant insight and data about students, to better support their education, health, and safety. A day in the life of a student is managed through the system: The student may be in the cafeteria line and the kitchen staff are immediately alerted to a food allergy when the student buys lunch; the student may be completing an assignment at home on a device of any kind at any time and the assignment becomes immediately available to the teacher; the student may be in the library and the teacher, parent, and mentor are aware that the student has checked a book out; the student may be with a counselor or school nurse and immunizations and transcripts are readily available.

Every stakeholder throughout the school district has access to a portal, and all information is secure and confidential with distributions by permission only. Reports and score cards are available at your fingertips and all students, including those with special education requirements, are catered to in one system.

To learn more about how Bright SUITE, Lumen Touch’s all-in-one system, achieves all of this and more, please get in touch.

What All-in-One EdTech Systems Deliver to K-12 Schools

K-12 schools are compelled to deliver not only quality instruction but also manage social-emotional learning, health mandates, special needs, and education standards that meet state curriculum criteria. Managing all of these demands while also providing a safe learning environment that promotes student engagement and teacher retention is a complex juggling act. All-in-one edtech systems like Lumen™ Touch, that address all of the various demands with which districts are charged, can make a significant and measurable difference in student outcomes, teacher attrition rates, and costs.

All-in-One EdTech Systems Save Time

Instead of being forced to evaluate different solutions for every need your district has, an all-in-one system can provide an entire suite of solutions to meet all your district’s needs with one contract, one implementation, and one support team. When that system is also capable of being customized to meet your specific needs and comes with a library of pre-vetted edtech offerings to enhance student learning, it becomes something more than just a timesaver. Bright SUITE™ frees teachers from the burden of laborious data entry and reporting, giving them time for professional development and closer engagement with students.

All-in-One EdTech Systems Save Money

License fees, rostering, multiple vetting processes, and IT compatibility: When you are piecing together solutions from a variety of sources, not only does your school face increased cybersecurity risks but you also incur increased labor costs. Districts making a switch to Lumen Touch report annual savings in the tens of thousands. They are able to create new efficiencies with inventory management, attendance processing, and data reporting, while simultaneously simplifying compliance.

All-in-One EdTech Systems Give Peace of Mind

Working closely with a single solution provider offers K-12 schools, students, parents, IT leaders, and administrators peace of mind. Lumen Touch has been providing an all-in-one option for 20 years. An all-in-one enterprise management solution not only allows districts to save money, but it also creates a secure and connected school district. Real-time data lets educators make the best decisions for all students.

Why Lumen Touch Bright SUITE?

Lumen Touch not only customizes Bright SUITE for each school, but we build a long and trusting relationship with each district, creating the best environment for success. We provide dedicated support to every district, school, and teacher, including on-site and virtual training. We listen to, and incorporate into future iterations, suggestions from the people using our solutions, often creating custom solutions to make Bright SUITE more effective for an individual school’s needs. Don’t take our word for it, though; here’s what some of our clients have had to say:

“We switched to Lumen from another vendor at the end of the first semester several years ago due to issues with that vendor. I believe Lumen Touch is the best student information system available. They do not accept status quo; they listen to school district needs and desires and are always looking for ways to provide enhancements they believe will benefit school districts. When you need help immediately, there is always a voice on the other end to assist you. Once, when I had an urgent need, I watched three programmers log into our system to solve the issue; all I can say is WOW. That personal and professional touch won me over as a lifetime user of Lumen Touch. I guess you could say I am one of their biggest cheerleaders. Thanks, Lumen Touch, for an awesome system and service.”

“I have been very pleased with my experience with Lumen Touch’s Student Information System. The customer support is very good. I often have questions, and I can just make a quick phone call and get them immediately answered.”

“Lumen Touch has awesome tech support and will help immediately when needed.”

Lumen Touch Bright SUITE is a single-platform solution, providing a team of experts to help schools meet the specific needs of their districts, decrease the cost of having a comprehensive digital platform, and provide security in a world of cyber insecurity.

3 Cybersecurity Teachings to Make Your School Cyber Safe

Some students have already returned to the classroom. Over the next few weeks, the halls of schools around the country will be filled with the sounds of laughter and chaos as the rest of students return. To prepare for the new school year, school districts have been working hard to have in place everything from the right technology to the right staff. But there are three back-to-school goals every school should have in order to ensure cyber safety and peace of mind for students, staff, and parents.

Improve School Cybersecurity

According to The State of Ransomware in Education 2022 report from Sophos,

  • Ransomware attacks on (K-12) education have increased 56%
  • K-12 schools struggle to thwart ransomware attacks, with 72% of attacks being successful
  • 45% of K-12 schools that have experienced an attack paid the ransom to retrieve their encrypted data, with a very small percentage of them actually getting back the entirety of their data.
  • K-12 schools spent $1.58 million on ransoms and data recovery last year

Take Action: In order to know where you need to make improvements to your cybersecurity strategy, you need to know where your weaknesses are. That’s why Lumen™ Touch is offering a cybersecurity audit service for schools: Bright LITE. Our customized service offering provides individuals and organizations with the necessary information and education to efficiently evaluate both the risks and opportunities they face.  Download the Bright LITE brochure (PDF)

Protect Student Data

Every year, districts choose new technology solutions that will help deliver the right curriculum to their students. With those choices come concerns about rostering student data multiple times to a variety of different vendors. It can be cost- and time-prohibitive to vet each vendor.

Take Action: Bright PASSPORT governs how schools share personally identifiable information (PII), such as student roster data. Rather than allow teachers or school districts to implement apps for their classrooms as they see fit, thereby increasing cyber risk in the schools, Bright PASSPORT provides districts with a library of approved apps that have been properly vetted to meet the required security standards. Partner with Lumen Touch to meet your student data privacy needs.

Become a Smart, Connected District

smart, connected school district requires:

A comprehensive school management tool that includes:

  • Online registration
  • Attendance
  • Discipline
  • Nutrition services
  • Health and wellness
  • Truancy
  • Transportation
  • Fees, fines, and point of sale

A secure database with built-in backup and recovery

A comprehensive teaching and learning system that includes:

  • Curriculum and assessment
  • Scheduling
  • Grade reports and transcripts
  • Learning management system
  • After-school programs
  • Diploma tracking

Real-time reporting:

  • Any data, anywhere
  • State reporting
  • Customized reports
  • Real-time goal tracking

Communication tools:

  • Customized user portals
  • Instant messaging
  • Email
  • Personalized content

Comprehensive support, including train the trainer

Take Action: Lumen Touch Bright SUITE® provides districts with everything they need to deliver a better educational experience from start to finish. A one-stop-shop for schools, Bright SUITE incorporates everything a district needs, from a learning management system to student information systems to health-and-safety monitoring and reporting. With distinctive modules for special education, a full edtech solution library, and modules for teacher professional development, Bright SUITE is an all-in-one enterprise management solution that not only allows districts to save money, but it also creates a secure and connected school district with real-time data that lets educators make the best decisions for all students. Learn more.

The Future of Special Education

The past few years have proven that being proactive is the best measure against unpredictable and unexpected changes in education. We’ve seen the benefit of proactivity in measurable ways: Districts that already had mobile devices issued to their students faired better during the pandemic than their counterparts; districts that were already using edtech to deliver education in and out of the classroom faired even better.

But to create the inclusive, equitable future in education that we all want, students who are most vulnerable to unexpected and unpredictable changes – students on IEPs and 504s, and other students who require accommodations to their education – need to be prioritized in future planning.

The Complex and Dynamic Challenges of Managing Special Education

Today’s students are a complex and dynamic population, and districts are obligated to provide unique support and student management for everything from medical disorders and allergies to mental health and SEL to special needs accommodations. Facilitating the needs of students who require special learning accommodations through IEPs and 504s has often been quite laborious and paperwork intensive. And if the student’s services aren’t properly documented, the school may have difficulty getting reimbursements from Medicaid, which can be quite costly.

Special Education Management Does Not Have to Be Overwhelming or Costly

Schools that implement a stable, collaborative, and data driven system like Lumen Touch’s Bright SPED, which handles the unique needs of the school’s population, can save money and time while delivering a more comprehensive individualized education to students that lead to better outcomes. With funding riding on a compliant and accurate report of services and students, having a single platform like Bright SPED, in which data monitoring and compliance checks are built into the software, can help districts better manage their entire special education program.

Bright SPED Empowers Districts, Teachers, Students, and Parents

Bright SPED is an integrated IEP, 504 and Medicaid Billing management system designed for students, teachers, parents, and administrators. The Medicaid billing allows you to bring additional money back to the district more easily and effectively. Bright SPED has a customizable goal bank, automated notifications, and personalized dashboards for each user. These tools ensure all areas of IEPS are completed correctly and are fully compliant. Highlights include:

  • Simultaneous collaboration – no worries about overwriting some else’s input!
  • Customizable options to allow districts to track data efficiently and assist departments to increase improvement for state compliance.
  • Embedded progress monitoring tools offers parents understandable visuals to share the progress on IEP goals and objectives for their student.
  • Provides a data-driven infrastructure that does not rely on forms processing, allowing Bright SPED to meet Federal and State compliance modifications in a timelier manner.

Benefits of Bright SPED for Your School

Data Driven – Clear and concise data across all schools in a district.

Unified Platform – Bright SPED provides districts with a unified platform that Is adaptable to goals and efficiently manages Medicaid Billing.

Compliance Focused – Built-in compliance checks throughout the Bright SPED system help ensure success.

Customer Centered – The Lumen Touch team works with schools through implementation and beyond, always willing to make customized adjustments to meet the specific needs of a district.

Learn more about Bright SPED by Lumen Touch: https://www.lumentouch.com/sped

Education Does Not Occur in a Silo

When we consider how to best educate K-12 students, it’s necessary to look at the whole child and not just follow an age-based curriculum. In order to provide students with the best education possible, we need to also be able to address their health needs, socio-economic challenges, emotional needs, and those unique needs that place students at a disadvantage based on systemic disparities. This may be easy enough to acknowledge when considering an individual student, but when you’re a school district responsible for thousands to tens of thousands of students, with each student bringing their own singular needs to the classroom, teaching can become overwhelming for educators and administrators alike.

You Can’t Attend to the Whole Student If You Can’t See the Student’s Needs

If you’re only perceiving a fragment of each student, you can’t effectively support the whole student. For example, if the health office knows about a student’s allergy and does not share this information, someone or something in the classroom environment may inadvertently trigger an allergic reaction in that student. If the school counselor is aware of a traumatic event that is affecting a student on a psychological or emotional level, it may be difficult for the necessary support to extend to the classroom if the teacher is oblivious to the suppressed anxiety. Without compromising student data privacy, however, schools can provide support to the whole student in order to facilitate better engagement and improved outcomes.

How Lumen Touch Can Help

Lumen™ Touch Bright SUITE is a comprehensive learning management system that helps districts and educators better serve each individual student holistically. School faculty and administrators can better manage and track their students’ educational accomplishments. And with the ability to integrate with local health services and Medicaid billing, districts can better manage their students’ health and wellbeing, while ensuring superior student data privacy and cybersecurity.

Lumen Touch has everything a school needs to deliver a better educational experience from start to finish.

From what a student eats to disciplinary actions to health data, Lumen Touch provides an easy-to-read dashboard with all the data you need to have a full picture of the student. 

Being able to see trend data on student grades, attendance, and behavior along with actual instant data around all of those points including health and wellness really helps show a bigger picture.

Improve Student Engagement AND Parent Engagement

Lumen Touch includes a parent portal so that the parent or legal guardian of the student can log in and access information about the student, from having the ability to retrieve grades and class schedules to paying for registration fees and lunches. Students are also able to log in and use the Lumen Touch system to complete assignments, take exams, work on projects, and track their own educational goals.

The Future Is BRIGHT with Lumen Touch

Lumen Touch is committed to providing best-in-class solutions to schools and school districts, making it easier to support teachers, students, families, and communities. We never stop innovating new ways to revolutionize K-12 education. Bright SUITE is a one-stop-shop for schools, incorporating everything a district needs, from a learning management system to student information systems to health-and-safety monitoring and reporting. With special modules for special education, a full library, and modules for teacher professional development, Bright SUITE is an all-in-one enterprise management solution that not only allows districts to save money, it also creates a secure and connected school district. Real-time data lets educators make the best decisions for all students. Learn more.

Lumen Touch and Paywat Announce Partnership

Lumen Touch is pleased to announce our partnership with Paywat. Together, we deliver to schools an easy and efficient way for parents to process payments securely. From lunch money to registration fees to library fines, Lumen Touch and Paywat make it easier for schools to receive payments.

No Cost to Schools

As our preferred partner, Paywat is integrated with our systems, adding no additional cost to schools for use of the feature. Parents who choose to use the online payment feature pay a small fee. Parents will simply use the Lumen Touch platform as they normally do; they’ll just have an additional button to pay electronically.

Part of the Lumen Touch Promise

Lumen Touch is committed to providing best-in-class solutions to schools and school districts, making it easier to support teachers, students, families, and the community. As a K-12-focused payment platform that streamlines online payments, this is an important integration.

  • Your district’s business office can use the same reports from Lumen Touch that they currently use.
  • Funds are directly deposited into school bank accounts on a regular basis; there are no new accounts to track.
  • A single balance per user is noted across the entire integrated platform.

We are working to develop even more integrations, including parent engagement and communication tools.

It has never been easier to start using Paywat together with the Lumen Touch system. Just reach out to your Lumen Touch contact today! We’ll give you a quick overview, and once you’re comfortable, we’ll enable the process. Ask Lumen Touch to enable Paywat today.

About Paywat

Located just outside of Philadelphia, Paywat is focused on solving the communication challenges that exist in schools, particularly in regard to collecting payments. Paywat was founded by a parent who was fed up with the convoluted process of making school payments, having to rely on different tools for school payments, fundraising campaigns, communications, and forms processes. Someone had to do better. Our customers believe that we have hit the nail on the head. Learn more at paywat.com

Lumen Touch Is Building a Digital Community

At Lumen™ Touch, we are always looking forward. We know that technology is shifting fast, so we will never stop endeavoring to improve our platforms and growing to meet the needs of our school districts. We believe our customers always deserve the best and latest technology. However, today’s student information systems are replete with challenges.

  • Cybersecurity threats: Ransomware and phishing attempts against schools have risen dramatically in the last few years, leaving schools vulnerable to data breaches and the risk of file encryption.
  • Add-ons: Many student information systems on the market are cobbled together and lack a cohesive design.
  • Outdated systems: Legacy systems prevent schools from truly benefiting from available technology that can make managing the entire education process easier and more efficient.

The Future of Education Requires a Smart, Connected School District

With the right technology, a school district can manage everything from teaching and learning to reporting and communication to engagement and security. A smart, connected school district requires:

  • A comprehensive school management tool that includes:
    • Online registration
    • Attendance
    • Discipline
    • Nutrition services
    • Health and wellness
    • Truancy
    • Transportation
    • Fees, fines, and point of sale
  • A secure database with backup and recovery built in
  • A comprehensive teaching and learning system that includes:
    • Curriculum and assessment
    • Scheduling
    • Grade reports and transcripts
    • Learning management system
    • After school programs
    • Diploma tracking
  • Real-time reporting
    • Any data, anywhere
    • State reporting
    • Customized reports
    • Real-time goal tracking
  • Communication tools
    • Customized user portals
    • Instant messaging
    • Email
    • Personalized content
  • Comprehensive support, including train the trainer

The Future of Education is Bright (SUITE)

When you go grocery shopping, it’s a lot easier when you can get everything you need at one store. It saves time. It’s more efficient. And it’s more cost-effective. When it comes to shopping for edtech for your school, there can be even more cost savings and efficiencies to be had by choosing an all-in-one system.

Bright SUITE is a one-stop-shop for schools, incorporating everything a district needs, from a learning management system to student information systems to health-and-safety monitoring and reporting. With special modules for special education, a full library, and modules for teacher professional development, Bright SUITE is an all-in-one enterprise management solution that not only allows districts to save money, but it also creates a secure and connected school district. Real-time data lets educators make the best decisions for all students.

Why do schools choose Bright SUITE by Lumen Touch?

Bright SUITE is Secure

Lumen Touch prides itself in being on the cutting edge of security, providing better-than-industry-standard cybersecurity, managed IT, and 24/7 monitoring.

Bright SUITE is Efficient

Our applications are designed to be user friendly. We make updates and improvements using feedback from the actual system users: you.

Bright SUITE is Personalized

All in one does not mean one size fits all. Our system is flexible and can be customized, so that it can work for a school district with 20 students as well as it works for one with 250,000.

If you’re interested in learning more about Bright SUITE by Lumen Touch, download the case study here, and get in touch.

Education Is Headed for the Metaverse

You can’t avoid hearing about the metaverse these days – this relatively new conception is impacting how we envision the future of retail, travel, social media, and of course, education. Still in its infancy, when and how the metaverse will revolutionize education is difficult to predict. But the vision is there.

How Will the Metaverse Impact Education?

There is no question that the metaverse will impact education. What we experienced during the height of the pandemic, with students and teachers being forced into virtual spaces for learning, has only highlighted how important it is to embrace technology. And as jobs of the future require more technical knowledge, we must ensure that students have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art technology, to better prepare them to be part of the modern workforce. But because the metaverse is still under construction, so to speak, an opportunity exists for education leaders to help ensure the metaverse serves schools and students properly.

Educators Can Lead the Way

In an exciting look at education in the metaverse from Brookings, the authors point out, “Today, as the metaverse infrastructure is still under construction, researchers, educators, policymakers, and digital designers have a chance to lead the way rather than get caught in the undertow.” They paint a picture of interactive, multidisciplinary, cross-curricular education that immerses students directly into the environment about which they are learning. The authors of the Brookings research note that, “the interaction is inherently social with live people and live moment to moment, emotionally laden interactions. And notice that the teachers are still crucial to this experience.”

Experiences in the Metaverse Affect Our Brains Differently

Why is the metaverse such an important consideration for education? Because the learning is active, rather than passive. The learning creates memories for the students of actually being in a place. The Brookings research used ancient Greece as an example, but any historical location could have just as easily been used, or an astronomical phenomenon, or a field trip somewhere that a school could never afford to budget (The Louvre, for example). Stephen Fromkin writes in a Fast Company article, “Interactions in the metaverse give us the impression that we are having real experiences and creating real memories – because we are.”

But What About Measurable Outcomes?

We will hopefully move well beyond standardized testing and measure student success in more practical ways. One form of measurement is engagement. Imagine students being excited about education, being able to interact with figures from history, and being able to step into places from a distance – to touch, feel, and look around while there. A good example of rudimentary AI that is paving the way for education in the metaverse is the Digital Einstein Experience. Try it out. With a simple permission to use your microphone, you can have a conversation with Einstein, and he will respond to your questions.

The metaverse is coming. It is an inevitability. How it will impact education is still up in the air, but we have a huge opportunity to help guide the process to ensure we are meeting the needs of students, teachers, and districts as it becomes more commonplace.

Lumen Touch Empowers the Future of Learning

Connecting every student to opportunity: Those are powerful words, and they are the commitment we’ve made that drives the development of our solutions. But to truly connect every student to opportunity, we need to make it easier for teachers, IT leaders, and administrators to focus on meeting students’ needs and avoid being cluttered with things like managing roster data, monitoring cybersecurity, tracking health, and administering exams. Lumen Touch clears the path so that schools can focus on creating the future of learning.

Managing Roster Data and Ensuring Student Data Privacy with Bright PASSPORT™

The time and labor costs of data entry are something schools don’t calculate until they realize how much time they’re saving by utilizing a single sign-on system that includes a library of fully vetted edtech solutions designed to meet all the needs of every classroom.

Because of the enormous risk involved in sharing roster and other personal student data with multiple edtech vendors, schools must consider how to remain in compliance with student privacy laws and also ensure that the vendors with whom they share data are also using strenuous measures to protect that information. Bright PASSPORT – a centralized, secure method of sharing student data, governs how schools share personally identifiable information (PII), such as student roster data. Rather than allow teachers or school districts to implement apps for their classrooms, Bright PASSPORT provides for districts a library of approved apps that meet the required security standards.

Monitor Cybersecurity with Bright LITE™

Lumen Touch has always provided 24/7 monitoring and managed services support to our schools, but in order to strengthen your cybersecurity, you need to know where your security gaps are.  That’s why Lumen Touch is offering a service for schools called Bright LITE.  Our customized service offering provides individuals and organizations with the necessary information and education to efficiently evaluate both the risks and opportunities they face.

Manage Health and Safety with Bright CARE™

The laborious task of managing health and safety has been thrust into the spotlight in schools, as districts have been forced to manage mask and vaccination requirements, enforce social distancing, and establish isolation protocols. While schools have always needed a health and safety solution for regularly mandated vaccines, allergy management, and trouble-free Medicaid billing for services provided through the schools, the pandemic certainly has made this a much larger priority.

Lumen Touch partnered with Tesseract to offer even more tools through Bright CARE. Bright CARE is a comprehensive student health and medical record management system developed by Lumen Touch. For schools that would benefit, this system can be implemented as a standalone application.

Supporting Educator Professional Development

Bright PATH™ connects educators to dynamic learning opportunities with highly effective learning programs that help streamline professional development. By offering customizable courses and units of study to fit the learning needs of leaders, teachers, and support staff, professional development has never been so easy. As educator professional training and advancement through micro-credentialing gains momentum, Bright PATH provides the sophisticated solution that school administrators need to improve retention rates. Bright PATH provides:

  • Just-in-time learning – anywhere, anytime
  • Proven best practices for instructors
  • One-stop shopping for all members of the education community
  • Easy progress monitoring of content learning
  • Streamlining of all professional development
  • Résumé builder, through Master Teacher
  • Free, innovative global content

Make Teachers’ Jobs Easier with Bright SUITE™

Lumen Touch Bright SUITE™ is the total Lumen Touch offering, bringing many advantages including tremendous cost- and time-saving efficiencies. It includes a truly personalized and flexible management system that can meet the unique needs of your individual district while still encompassing characteristic school needs, from special education to student information to library and resources management to student individual plans of study to complete health and wellness management.  Bright SUITE allows students and teachers to embrace technology, to accelerate the trajectory of learning and enhance the well-being of each student. With Bright SUITE, your district will be connecting all students to opportunities!

To learn more about how Lumen Touch empowers the future of learning, get in touch. Email us at mailto:sales@lumentouch.com, call us at 816.880.0066, or visit www.lumentouch.com.

Is Education Focused on the Wrong Skills?

Most students don’t like school. And it’s not the fault of teachers but rather of the insistence that we teach the same old tired things to students who already have access to vast and immediate information on a variety of subjects. What students do need to learn are critical thinking skills that will prepare them for opportunities that lie ahead.

The 2021 NACE survey on the most-needed attributes employers are looking for include the following:

  • Ability to work in a team
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Analytical and quantitative skills
  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Technical skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Strong work ethic

Not one of the employers surveyed listed the date or contents of the Gettysburg address, or the year in which Hawaii became a state, as critical knowledge.

We Need to Move Education from the Industrial Revolution to the Technological Revolution

Garrett Smiley, co-founder and CEO of Sora Schools, a network of future-focused schools, wrote in a recent Forbes article,

There is cognitive dissonance of obsessing over the knowledge of facts during a child’s school years while simultaneously dismissing their importance shortly thereafter. As a result, students are left to believe they’re not made for school when, in reality, schools were not made for them. An educational system built for the Industrial Revolution no longer fits our modern-day needs.

Smiley offers some basic, common-sense ways we can improve education, suggesting we focus on the needs of the students, encourage them to “chase [their] wild dreams,” and scrap our grading system and our obsessive focus on teaching to tests and measuring worth (of teachers and students) through standardized test results.

We couldn’t agree more.

Connecting All Students to Opportunity through Technology and Leadership

Our mission, connecting all students to opportunity through technology and leadership, is more than just words. In fact, everything we do and every decision we make, from the solutions we develop to the strategic partnerships we form to the community support we provide, is in line with our mission. We firmly believe that connecting students to opportunity is a fundamentally important goal. We believe that these pillars of technology and leadership are what will help guide us through the education revolution that is so desperately needed.

We need more voices like Garrett Smiley’s who recognize the undue burden placed on teachers, often put there by legislators who have never spent a day in a classroom outside their own time as students back in the days of chalkboards.

The Future of Education Is Now

The students now in school will grow up in a world unlike that which any of us have ever known. What we do now to prepare them is essential. It’s time to upend education and focus on what students need to know to survive and thrive in a fast-paced, tech-driven world.