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Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast

Kids & Family Podcasts

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.

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.

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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.

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Episodes

Improving Student Wellness

5/18/2022
Our nation is facing an adolescent mental health crisis. Teens are struggling in the classroom and at home. Our guest, Instructional Support Specialist and Social Emotional Learning Lead, Leona Fowler, shares her experiences navigating these challenges and what approaches can equip our kids with the coping skills they need. She discusses how mindfulness and other social emotional learning techniques can improve student wellness at school and at home. Resources: Explore Educators for...

Duration:00:25:25

Addressing Learning Loss

5/11/2022
Since the pandemic began, the phrase “learning loss” has become a frequently used term in the education field. What kind of “learning loss” are teachers actually seeing in their classrooms and how are they working to address it? Angela Burley, sixth grade social studies teacher and a 2021-2022 Teach Plus Texas Policy Fellow, joins the show to share her perspective on the issue. Resources: Read Angela Burley’s piece in the Dallas Examiner,...

Duration:00:25:57

The Teacher Burnout Crisis

5/4/2022
In the last few years, teachers have faced unprecedented challenges that have left a lot of them feeling burnt out. Experienced educator and activist, Sofia Gonzalez, shares her thoughts on teacher burnout and how systemic changes could make teaching a more sustainable profession. Read the National Education Association’s article,...

Duration:00:25:18

Fostering Student Motivation

4/27/2022
Fostering motivation is an important part of a teacher’s job. Larry Ferlazzo, veteran high school teacher and Education Week writer, shares his insights on how to motivate students. Learn what teachers most want you to know about student motivation and get tips on how to get your child to do their homework, chores and more. Resources: Check out “https://ptaourchildren.org/keep-kids-engaged-in-learning/ (4 Tips to Keep Kids Engaged in Learning)” on PTA’s Our Children online magazine Read one...

Duration:00:23:40

Parents’ Guide to College Admissions

3/2/2022
The college admissions process was stressful enough before the pandemic, now it’s more confusing than ever. Ffiona Rees, board chair of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC), joins us to answer all of your questions. Listen to discover her top tips for supporting your teen as they navigate through the college admissions process. Resources: Check out “https://ptaourchildren.org/college-planning-questions-every-family-should-ask/ (College Planning: 6 Questions...

Duration:00:25:01

Helping Kids Understand Money

2/16/2022
What do your kids know about money? Jen Hemphill, host of the podcast, Her Dinero Matters, shares tips from her experience as an accredited financial advisor and as a mom. Learn how to talk about money with children of all ages and how you can help them to become financially responsible. Resources: Listen Jen Hemphill’s podcast https://jenhemphill.com/her-dinero-matters-podcast/ (Her Dinero Matters) on all major podcast platforms Explore...

Duration:00:25:10

Why Aren’t There More Black Teachers?

2/2/2022
Most people can count on one hand the number of Black teachers they had during their schooling. Our guest Sharif El-Mekki is working to change that. Sharif discusses how underrepresentation of Black teachers has repercussions for all of our children, and for Black children in particular. Resources: Visit https://www.thecenterblacked.org/ (TheCenterBlacked.org) to learn more about Sharif’s work, including opportunities for paid apprenticeships and other teaching experiences From the Archives:...

Duration:00:24:54

Do My Child’s Test Scores Really Matter?

1/19/2022
Parents can often feel overwhelmed when they receive their child’s test scores. What do the scores mean and do they even matter? Dr. Andrew Ho, a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, breaks down what you need to know about standardized testing so you can understand what really matters for your child’s learning and development. Resources: Review Andrew’s helpful resource, https://scholar.harvard.edu/files/andrewho/files/testquestions.pdf (Questions to Ask About Educational...

Duration:00:27:53

Families in Transition: Lessons from the Military

1/5/2022
Whether your child is transitioning to a new school or a new country, change can be hard. We can learn a lot from military families who experience these types of transitions more frequently than most. Dr. Keith Mispagel, superintendent of Fort Leavenworth Unified School District, talks with our hosts about helping children adjust to new environments. Resources: Learn more about Keith Mispagel and his school district at usd207.org and follow Keith on social media at...

Duration:00:27:10

Cooking with Kids: Tips from Duff Goldman

12/8/2021
Celebrity chef, Duff Goldman, joins the show to help you and your family have a blast in the kitchen. Duff shares tips for teaching your kids science while cooking and helping them develop independence and confidence using tools and appliances. The hosts also discuss his parenting style and cooking journey! Resources: Watch Duff’s https://www.foodnetwork.com/shows/duff-s-happy-fun-bake-time (Happy Fun Bake Time) with the whole family and check out Duff’s cookbook,...

Duration:00:26:22

Our Culture is More than a Holiday with Sheetal Sheth

11/24/2021
From people who mispronounce your child’s name to teachers who expect them to explain your family’s holiday traditions to the class, your child may be struggling with the pressure to represent an entire culture. Actress and author Sheetal Sheth joins the show to discuss how families can help kids embrace their identities and explains how she shared her own identity and experience as a mother in her children’s books Always Anjali and Bravo Anjali. Resources: Read...

Duration:00:25:00

Raising Kids Who Change the World featuring Marley Dias & Dr. Janice Johnson Dias

11/10/2021
Help your child channel their frustrations into social action! This week, our hosts chatted with author and founder of 1000 Black Girl Books, Marley Dias, and her mom, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, who is an educator and author as well. They share how you can help your child develop their entrepreneurial spirit and enhance their problem solving skills—all while making the world a better place! Resources: Learn more about the https://www.marleydias.com/1000blackgirlbooks/ (1000 Black Girl Books...

Duration:00:27:32

Supporting Students of Color

10/27/2021
How can schools do a better job affirming children’s racial identities? Dr. Shawn Jones, psychologist and professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University, joined the podcast to offer guidance on creating schools that better serve students of color. He shares how families can help by talking openly and honestly about their own experiences with race. He also offers suggestions for how white families can be part of the effort to create more affirming schools for students of color. For more...

Duration:00:26:57

Social Media & Cyberbullying 101

10/13/2021
From the cyberbullying risks to dangerous social media challenges, many parents feel terrified when their child enters the world of social media. How can families have proactive discussions about navigating the online world responsibly? Dr. Sameer Hinduja, director of the Cyberbullying Research Center joins the show to share practical tips and respond to some of your most commonly asked questions! Visit http://cyberbullying.org (cyberbullying.org) for lots of helpful resources for parents,...

Duration:00:24:52

What is Social and Emotional Learning Anyway?

9/29/2021
What life skills does your child need to thrive? There’s a lot of learning happening in schools that goes beyond academics. Karen Van Ausdal joined our hosts to talk about Social and Emotional Learning. She shares what Social and Emotional Learning looks like, why it’s important and how families can support. Resources: Explore CASEL’s helpful tools including the https://casel.org/reopening-with-sel/ (SEL Roadmap), https://schoolguide.casel.org/ (the CASEL Guide to Schoolwide SEL) and the...

Duration:00:25:23

Back to School with the CDC

9/15/2021
As we enter our second Back-to-School season filled with COVID-19 safety precautions, it’s vital that you stay informed. We invited a special guest, Captain Erin Sauber-Schatz, community guidance subject matter expert for CDC's COVID-19 Response, to share the best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Resources: Watch National PTA’s https://t.co/fYJd3ZHtyK (Back to Class Virtual Town Hall) hosted in partnership with the CDC. Read through the CDC’s...

Duration:00:21:11

Are You Practicing Parent Self-Care?

5/12/2021
Did your last power struggle with your child leave you feeling burnt out? What if we shifted our mindset around parenting, and stopped trying to make our kids happy all the time? Dr. Shefali, a clinical psychologist and author, whose work has been endorsed by Oprah, joins our hosts to discuss parent self-care. She shares her own parenting experiences and philosophy and offers advice on letting go and learning to live in the now. Resources: Read...

Duration:00:26:29

How Can I Help My Teen Manage Stress?

5/12/2021
Is your teenager so stressed you worry they’re on the brink of burning out? Teens are still facing the typical pressures of navigating friendships, relationships, college admissions and now a pandemic. Our hosts spoke with adolescent psychologist and best-selling author, Dr. John Duffy, about how families can support their teens during this challenging time. He offers advice and shares how parents can distinguish between typical teenage stress and when it is time to seek help. Resources:...

Duration:00:25:43

How Can We Normalize Talking about Mental Health?

5/12/2021
Let’s start talking about mental health! For too long, we’ve stigmatized mental health issues and it’s time to have open conversations with our friends and family. We talked to mental health advocate, Allison Raskin, about her personal journey and work to destigmatize these topics. She offers advice for normalizing discussions of mental health in your family and community! Resources: Follow Allison’s mental health social media channel https://www.instagram.com/emotionalsupportlady/?hl=en...

Duration:00:23:57

Is My Teen Having a Mental Health Crisis?

5/12/2021
Teens experience mental health issues at alarming rates. How can you tell if it’s typical teenage angst or something more serious? If your teen is experiencing depression, how can you best support them? We sat down with Dr. Doreen Marshall, VP of Mission Engagement at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (ASFP) to get answers to these questions and more. Resources: Visit AFSP’s website to learn more about https://afsp.org/teens-and-suicide-what-parents-should-know (suicide...

Duration:00:25:52