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Notes from the Backpack

A Podcast for Parents, by Parents

PTA is working to ensure our public schools provide a high-quality and equitable education for every child to reach their full potential. Notes from the Backpack is a PTA podcast designed for millions of parents and the decisionmakers they influence.

Through the unique combination of expert, parent and educator guests, each episode features engaging conversations that offer real-life advice and ideas on how to support children’s learning and development—all in parent-friendly language.

Real Experts. Real Parents. Real Conversations.

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Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021

Ep 47 - Dr. Sameer Hinduja

47 | Social Media & Cyberbullying 101


Dr. Sameer Hinduja

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!
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Recent Episodes

Ep 46 - Karen Van Ausdal

46 | What is Social and Emotional Learning Anyway?


Karen Van Ausdal

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.
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Ep 45 - Cpt Erin Sauber-Schatz

45 | Back to School with the CDC


Captain Erin Sauber-Schatz

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.
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44 | Are You Practicing Parent Self-Care?


Dr. Shefali

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? Clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Shefali—whose work has been endorsed by Oprah—joins us 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.
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43 | How Can We Normalize Talking about Mental Health?


Allison Raskin

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!
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42 | How Can I Help My Teen Manage Stress?


Dr. John Duffy

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.
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