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.

Notes from the Backpack 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.

National PTA Local Leader Kit

Login with your National PTA Profile to gain access is a comprehensive digital guide designed to help you learn the basics of running your PTA unit. Find just about everything you need as a local PTA leader, including guidance to help you:

  • select and work with your board
  • formulate your PTA calendar of programs and events
  • navigate unique financial challenges of a 501(c)(3)
  • grow your PTA membership
  • choose and organize a PTA fundraiser
  • communicate with your school community
  • and more!

These tools and templates, online resources and training courses will inform your work as you establish your PTA and volunteer roles and throughout the year, ensuring that your PTA stays on track to  achieve the PTA missionto make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

 Sign Up for the 2020 PTA Boot Camp

Get the Leadership Training You Deserve

The PTA Boot Camp is a total learning experience that will help you to make this the most amazing school year yet for kids! Even from home, you can help your PTA prepare for the next school year. This year’s PTA Boot Camp will strengthen your connection to PTA’s mission, while unlocking tools and resources that are exclusively available to PTA leaders, including inspirational emails with practical “how-to” tips and downloads based on YOUR interests. Sign up today!

Click here for the National PTA website to sign up for the Boot Camp and get access to the local leader kit.

What You'll Find in the Local Leader Kit


National PTA's mission is to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Everything we do is driven by this mission and our core values: collaboration, commitment, diversity, respect, and accountability.


Local PTA leaders have an exciting opportunity to make a difference in your school and community by implementing PTA's mission: to make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. Here's how to get started on making your impact.


PTA Treasurers play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the organization. This guide shares best practices for budgeting, banking and conducting a PTA audit, with specialized information on contracts, incorporation, insurance and federal tax requirements.


A growing and engaged membership is the foundation for achieving PTA's mission to make every child's potential a reality. This guide provides tips and resources to help all PTA leaders understand their role in membership development.


All PTA fundraising should support PTA's mission, in both how the funds are raised and how they are spent. Find out how to fundraise effectively and with intent.


It is critical to keep your members apprised of the work that PTA is doing and how they can play a part. This guide shares tips and best practices to effectively share messages with fellow PTA members, school staff and administrators, community members, and the media.