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Notes from the Backpack

Nov 20, 2019

Your child’s school helps prepare them for academic success, but are they also preparing students for success in life? From your kid’s schedule to the layout of their classroom, many aspects of school life have remained the same for decades. So how can you tell if your child’s school is supporting their long-term...


Nov 13, 2019

The college application process can be intense and complex—with many financial challenges for students and their families. If you’ve found yourself asking, “Does my child even have a fair chance at college? And given its cost, is a four-year degree even worth it?” you’re not alone. We sat down with Sekou...


Nov 6, 2019

Para muchas familias y niños que no hablan inglés, el sistema de educación estadounidense puede ser abrumador. En este episodio especial de Notes from the Backpack (Notas de la Mochila) en español, hablaremos con la experta en desarrollo del lenguaje, la Dra. Lorena Mancilla. Ella nos ayuda a descubrir lo que los...


Oct 30, 2019

Teachers and administrators are striving to engage families in more meaningful ways. How can you partner with schools to best support your child and other students in your community? We chatted with Dr. Karen Mapp, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, about best practices—and what we can do to improve...


Oct 23, 2019

What questions should you be asking to get the information you need when you communicate with your child’s teacher? Are certain questions “better” than others? We turn to Luz Santana, co-director of the Right Question Institute to learn how to prepare questions that will produce meaningful and helpful answers. She...