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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

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    • 4.9 • 74 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.

    Apoyando a los niños pequeños durante COVID-19

    Apoyando a los niños pequeños durante COVID-19

    Hemos hablado mucho sobre cómo la pandemia ha afectado a nuestros hijos de edad escolar, pero en este episodio, queríamos aprender del impacto que la pandemia ha tenido en nuestros niños más pequeños. Hablamos con Adrián Pedroza y Zully Rodríguez de Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, quienes nos dieron una idea de los desafíos que están enfrentando las familias durante estos tiempos, especialmente las familias que tienen niños de 0 a 5 años de edad.

    • 26 min
    How to Help LGBTQ Youth Thrive

    How to Help LGBTQ Youth Thrive

    You may not be aware, but every school has LGBTQ youth and families. Is your PTA using inclusive language and offering affirming programs and activities? We sat down with two guests from the Human Rights Campaign Ellen Kahn, senior director of programs and partnerships, and Jodie Patterson, board chair of the HRC Foundation, to learn how to become better allies to the LGBTQ community.

    • 28 min
    Get on Board: Enhancing Parent Teacher Partnerships

    Get on Board: Enhancing Parent Teacher Partnerships

    When you think of parent teacher partnerships, conferences and report cards might come to mind, but what if we made family engagement more fun? Colleen Ryan, 2019 Toyota Family Engagement Teacher of the Year shares her innovative approach to building partnerships with families. She offers advice for parents and teachers on how to work together to help kids get what they need to thrive.

    • 20 min
    Surviving Quarantine with Your Teen

    Surviving Quarantine with Your Teen

    Raising a teenager can be difficult—even under normal circumstances—and COVID-19 has added new challenges. We talked to Dr. Lisa Damour, adolescent psychologist, and high school student Isaac Hurtado, co-host of the hit podcast, Teenager Therapy, to get tips on everything from remote learning and social media use to anxiety and depression.

    • 28 min
    Inside the Principal's Office

    Inside the Principal's Office

    Parents dread getting a call from their child’s principal’s office. But maybe It’s time to shift our mindset and think of principals as partners who support our children’s development. We talked with Dr. Tayarisha Batchelor, principal of the Rawson STEAM school about how families and parent leaders can collaborate with their principal. She shares how she has supported families in her communities during the pandemic and how she helps her staff engage in meaningful family engagement practices.

    • 26 min
    Raising Kids Who Embrace Race

    Raising Kids Who Embrace Race

    Do you want to talk to your kids about race and racism, but not sure where to start? We spoke to Melissa Giraud and Andrew Grant-Thomas, founders of EmbraceRace, to learn how to approach these conversations with young children. Using their professional expertise, and their own parenting experiences, Melissa and Andrew also share advice on raising advocates for racial justice.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Aubrey Sagalovich ,

How to Help LGBTQ Youth Thrive

I REALLY LOVED and APPRECIATED this episode. Thank you for doing it and representing my community so well. I hope many PTA parents listen.

QLTMOMMA ,

Keeping us all connected❤️

Thank you so much for this! Connection is so very important; especially right now. Curious if there are any nature based programs offered to public elementary schools. It seems as if our kids’ playtime and outdoor time continues to be more limited and needed now more than ever! Would love to hear a podcast about how school districts are making the outdoor/nature connection to student learning. And I know I’m not the only parent who doesn’t understand why teachers take away outdoor recess time as a punishment. As a former teacher, this shouldn’t be an option. Our kids need fresh air and so do teachers!

sarahilp ,

Great podcast for parents!

I heard about this podcast on 3 in 30. It’s such a great resource for parents!

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