23 episodes

Sometimes, your child forgets to share the notes from their backpack that tell you everything that’s happening at their school. On Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast, we give you the inside scoop on how to help your child succeed—in school and at home. We discuss real issues with parents and experts—from handling homework to school discipline—to support you every step of the way! Join the conversation using #BackpackNotes and learn more at PTA.org/BackpackNotes.

Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast National PTA

    • Parenting
    • 5.0, 65 Ratings

Sometimes, your child forgets to share the notes from their backpack that tell you everything that’s happening at their school. On Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast, we give you the inside scoop on how to help your child succeed—in school and at home. We discuss real issues with parents and experts—from handling homework to school discipline—to support you every step of the way! Join the conversation using #BackpackNotes and learn more at PTA.org/BackpackNotes.

    22. Raising Curious Kids

    22. Raising Curious Kids

    Our kids seem to have endless questions about everyday life and sometimes the WHY questions can get a little frustrating. However, encouraging this curiosity is good for their development. We spoke with Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center, about how you can support your budding scientist. Dr. O’Donnell discusses how families can find science in the world around them and shares fun activities you can do at home!

    • 28 min
    21. Growing Great Readers

    21. Growing Great Readers

    Reading is a fun activity for the whole family, but what should you do when your child struggles with words—or worse, if they declare they don’t like reading? We talked with Dr. Rebecca Silverman, professor at Stanford University, to learn how we can raise lifelong readers. She offered strategies for fostering a love of reading and guidance on what you should expect from your child at each age.

    • 26 min
    20. Interview with National Teacher of the Year

    20. Interview with National Teacher of the Year

    In this special episode our hosts sat down with National Teacher of the Year, Rodney Robinson, in front of a live audience at National PTA’s Legislative Conference. During this candid conversation, Rodney offered his insights into the teaching profession, issues of equity, school discipline and the importance of recruiting more black educators.

    • 32 min
    19. Online Learning During COVID-19

    19. Online Learning During COVID-19

    From navigating new forms of technology to keeping track of kids’ assignments, online learning during COVID-19 presents unique challenges. We talked with Dr. Natalie Milman, professor of Education Technology at George Washington University, to get her insights into emergency remote teaching and learning, education technology and more. She shares strategies for supporting your child academically, as well as guidance for making it through this difficult situation.

    • 24 min
    18. What's Going on in My Kid's Brain?

    18. What's Going on in My Kid's Brain?

    Sometimes you can’t help but wonder, what is my kid thinking? While it may seem like our kid’s actions and reactions are random and unpredictable, you can discover a lot when you dig into the science of learning. We spoke with Dr. Brandi Kenner, senior consultant at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, about how a child’s brain works. She shared essential information for understanding your child’s responses and helpful strategies for teaching them how to manage their emotions and behavior.

    • 25 min
    17. Supporting Our Kids: Special Education 101

    17. Supporting Our Kids: Special Education 101

    The world of special education can be overwhelming for families—especially right now, as families are navigating learning from home. Perhaps you're child is in an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and you’re worried about how to make sure they receive adequate services during school shutdowns. We talked with expert Debra Jennings, from the Statewide Parent Education Network (SPAN), to address these concerns and more.

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

20somethingmama ,

So good!

When the authority on parent and school relationships gives advice, you listen. This podcast gets five stars for all the great tips it gives on being involved in my kids’ education.

KieKieB ,

A great podcast!

I started listening to this podcast as a recommendation from another mom, and let me tell you that this has been the best podcast! It is so informative and the topics have been spot on. i have learned so much. The homework episode was my favorite but I am struggling with my 10 year old getting homework done every night. The podcast gave some helpful tips that i immediately put into action. It's very down to earth and realistic. I hope it hope it gets another season!

beepr ,

Love it so far!

So far so great! I do wish links to articles, websites, twitter account would be put in the notes. I often listen while driving and would love to have easy access to all of the great resources. Thanks for putting together such great interviews!

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