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Latest EDU Posts

Iditarod EDU’s “Top Ten”

You can learn a lot from a sled dog!  The Iditarod Trail Committee embodies an education department that reaches worldwide. Read on to learn more about the Iditarod EDU and some of its many and varied applications. Teacher on the Trail – a professional development program like no other!  After a rigorous application and interview …

Are You the Next Iditarod Teacher on the Trail?

It’s time to take your career to the next level.  Apply now to be the 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail and add your name to Iditarod history. Applications are being accepted through December 1, 2021; three finalists will be selected to complete the next steps at the 2022 race. You can read about the …

Summer Reads – Teen Classics

Jack London, Gary Paulsen, the true story of Togo written by Iditarod finisher Pam Flowers, and a stunning 40th anniversary edition of Official Race Art by Jon and Jona Van Zyle.  Teens can appreciate the timeless tales and history in these works. Recommended reading lists for Teen Nonfiction and Teen Fiction.

2006 Teacher on the Trail Terrie Hanke’s Most Memorable Moments – Teacher on the Trail to Eye on the Trail

It’s very difficult to select just a few experiences from the trail to share or to summarize my journey as the 2006 Wells Fargo Teacher On The Trail.  Everyday of the 4 weeks spent in Alaska for Iditarod XXXIV was filled with meaningful experiences and unique memories.  Never once did I wonder what I was …

Summer Reading – Good Reads with Great Messages

In some places, school will be starting in just over a month and your middle-schooler is likely to be involved in some novel studies if they haven’t already been given summer reading.  Our Middle Grades fiction and non-fiction recommended book lists have some excellent examples of people and animals overcoming hardships and challenges and discovering …

2010 Teacher on the Trail Herb Brambley’s Most Memorable Moment

pictures: George Nyce (L), the village of Takotana (R) photos by Herb Brambley The Takotna Incident : A Memorable Moment from 2010 Along the Iditarod Trail I was walking toward the school in Takotna when out of nowhere another human being appeared. No place to run. No alleys to duck into. What do I do? …

Summer Reading – Dog Days of Summer

As we get closer to halfway through summer, students often need serious inspiration to be motivated to read.  The books we have on our Elementary Fiction and Elementary Nonfiction lists are bursting with tales of inspiration, daring, adventure, and acceptance.  With beloved characters like Balto and Togo and inspiring new stories like Sled Dog School, …

2011 Teacher on the Trail Martha Dobson’s Most Memorable Moments

            White Mountain, 2011, and John Baker arrived first. By happenstance, I was there and witnessed it, and the moving pride the Alaska Natives expressed. Earlier that day, I was in Koyuk, my favorite checkpoint of the race I experienced. There, I worked as a volunteer stacking boxes of HEET …

Summer Reading – Sizzling Reads About Cool Dogs!

Summer is ticking along and kids have all kinds of activities going on, but there are always those moments for relaxing, filling time between the water park and the summer movie series, and riding in the car to the next great vacation destination.  Or use reading goals to incentivize reading for your student; they will …

2008 Teacher on the Trail Jane (Blaile) Holmes’ Most Memorable Experience

As all other Teachers on the Trail, I find it impossible to hone the experiences down to one most memorable, but I have relayed this particular moment many times since my time on the trail in 2008, and it still stands out to me as an incredible opportunity. It happened in the checkpoint of McGrath. …