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Notes from the Backpack: A PTA podcast

This is a school year like no other. How do you keep track of everything that’s going on?  How do you best support your children’s learning, development and success in and out of school?  Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast is your parenting companion and guide.

Launched in 2019 by National PTA, Notes from the Backpack helps parents support their children’s education and development every step of the way.  The podcast features 30-minute episodes that offer frank advice and ideas from researchers, parents, educators and other experts. Each episode answers questions parents are wondering about but aren’t sure who to ask.

Season 3 of the podcast launched this fall and tackles questions like…

  • How do I choose online resources that will actually support my kids during school closures? 
  • How can I help my child with learning differences thrive right now? 
  • How do I talk with my kids about current events and hot topics, like racial justice and the election?

This season features nationally acclaimed guests including Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, award-winning children’s book author Kwame Alexander, and filmmaker and TikTok sensation Julian Bass.

Notes from the Backpack provides you with the practical information you need to best support your children’s success and make the most of their school experience—especially this year.  

Visit for a full list of the episodes and start listening today on all major podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. 

You can also join in our conversations around the topics of each episode and share your thoughts, advice and parenting anecdotes on social media using #BackpackNotes.