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Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast

Dec 9, 2020

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...


Dec 2, 2020

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...


Nov 25, 2020

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...


Nov 18, 2020

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. Isaac shares his experiences and what he’s hearing from...


Nov 10, 2020

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 in Hartford, Conn., about how families and parent...