National PTA recently launched Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast. The podcast features real conversations with real parents, experts and educators who offer real-life advice, ideas and strategies parents can use to help their children succeed in and out of school.

“As parents, we all want the best for our children, and we want for them to get the best education possible. So, we always want to be ‘in-the-know’ and ahead of the curve,” said Leslie Boggs, president of National PTA. “National PTA is thrilled to launch Notes from the Backpack to give parents the inside scoop so they can go into their child’s school, build relationships and ask hard, yet necessary questions—all to help them best support their child’s education and development every step of the way.”

The inaugural season of Notes from the Backpack features 12 episodes with guests including John B. King, Jr., president and CEO of Education Trust and former U.S. Secretary of Education; Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of Learning Policy Institute; and Karen Mapp, author and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Each 30-minute episode explores questions like…

Does homework even matter anymore?
How do I know what kind of progress my child is really making in school?
How do I know what to ask in my parent-teacher conference?

Visit for tips and resources and to learn more about the podcast. Listen to Notes from the Backpack now on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify and TuneIn. Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast is made possible by funding to advance family engagement and whole child learning through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.