About the Stoughton Parent Engagement Center (SPEC)
The mission of the Stoughton Parent Engagement Center (SPEC) is to help families and schools build stronger ties to benefit students. We help parents become strong partners in their children's education and encourage community involvement to help all children succeed at school.
Parents are faced with many issues today that can create obstacles that prevent them from being engaged partners in the education of their children. Family involvement with schools, particularly for those families representing diverse populations, is crucial to the academic success of children.
Nightly meetings are difficult for parents who may be working at night. And morning meetings can bring the same difficulty for working parents. To the extent that any of these factors are hindering the families of Stoughton, the Parent Engagement Center will aim to remove those obstacles by offering various meeting times for parent workshops. Babysitting services will be available for some of the evening programs and we will be taping most sessions to be played on the Stoughton Cable station.
The Stoughton Parent Engagement Center will be offering Parent Groups, Workshops, and Informational Sessions. We will be holding Family Literacy Activities that will help with reading and writing at home.
History of SPEC
SPEC, formerly the Parent Wellness Center, at the E A Jones Elementary School at 137 Walnut Street, Stoughton, MA 02072 was created on July 2, 2012. Room design and furniture was donated by IKEA. In order for the Stoughton Parent Engagement Center to be implemented a group named the Parent Engagement Team met for over the course of a year to figure out ways to bring about this program. Members of the team were: Linda Rondeau, Kathy Bushenfeld, Susan Cogliano, Sheila Coughlin, Hallie Burak, and Maggie Rizzi.
SPEC is a program created by Stoughton Public Schools. Two program coordinators were hired to enhance the parent-school involvement. Maryann Dawson, a former special education teacher, and Shaunte Thomas, a former program manager for a youth center, both were hired as program coordinators to create programs for parents. They will also supervise parent liaisons who will work directly in each school to help increase parent engagement and to offer support services and information on community resources.