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Teacher on the Trail™ 2018

Hi Boys and Girls, I have exciting news! The Teacher on the Trail™ for 2018 is Heidi Sloan. Heidi is a 5th grade teacher in Virginia . She was selected after a fun week in Alaska, interviewing, presenting lessons, and participating in many race week activities. I recently interviewed Heidi about her experience and about …


Teacher on the Trail Finalists

Hi Boys and Girls, The Iditarod start is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Is your class getting ready to follow the race? Every year teachers prepare lessons about the Iditarod just for you. Did you know that there is one special teacher who is selected by the Iditarod Education committee as the …


We have liftoff! Welcome to the new Iditarod edu Website

We would like to welcome you to the all new Iditarod edu Website.  This is your new home for Iditarod education content for educators, students and parents.  With the support of teachers around the world, our wonderful Iditarod EDU team and our partner ExxonMobil we are able to bring this experience to you for the …


Teacher on the Trail™ 2017 Finalists

Hi Boys and Girls, Every year there is a special teacher who is selected as the Teacher on the Trail ™. This year Laura Wright from Austin, Texas will be will be flying from checkpoint to checkpoint reporting on the race for teachers and school children who are following the race. She also provides lessons …


Navigating the Iditarod Website

Hello Educators! I hope you all had a chance to read my article “Introducing Sled Dog Ed U. Cation”. After writing my introduction, I meandered on back to the dog yard to take a rest but thoughts ran through my mind that many of you may be wondering how this sled dog knows so much …


Follow Erin Montgomery, the 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Follow Erin Montgomery, the 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ as she travels from checkpoint to checkpoint by bush plane.   Read her articles and view images from the Iditarod Trail.  Erin is an educator from Iowa.  Classrooms around the world are following Erin.  Lesson plans and journal entries from the trail are important tools that …


Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ 2015 Finalists

Hi Boys and Girls Did you know that every year a teacher is selected to be the Teacher on the Trail ™? That special teacher flies from checkpoint to checkpoint following the race and reporting what they learn on the trail. They also provide lessons for classroom use during the entire school year. It’s a …


Book Review–Akiak A Tale from the Iditarod

  Akiak A Tale from the Iditarod is realistic fiction by author and illustrator Robert J. Blake. Akiak (ACK-ee-ack) is a lead sled dog who hurts a paw during the Iditarod, causing her musher to drop her from the team at one of the race checkpoints. She is cared for by the race veterinarians, but …


Zoom Lens – School with a View and a Teacher on the Trail

Shaw Elementary School outside of Wasilla, Alaska is a school with a view. The Chugach Mountains are visible beyond the school in this photo. Teacher on the Trail™, Linda Fenton, is presenting at five Mat-Su Valley Schools, including Shaw, prior to beginning her journey on the Iditarod Trail when the race begins on March 3rd. …


Testimonials: Academic Purpose and Success

Iditarod WORKS as a teaching tool for many reasons. What is it about the race that that when used with students, engages students to read more, write more, solve more math problems, think scientifically, show up for school, and be academically successful?  We’ve got some answers and so do teachers who use the race each …