July 8, 2012

Common Core Standards



Summer Camp Photo Scrapbook

June 29, 2010

Click the image for a larger view of scenes from summer camp!

2010 Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers: The Dog Yard

June 29, 2010

At summer camp, teachers spent time in the dog yard.  Activities included, walking the puppies, helping with chores, and learning to harness a team of sled dogs.

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Summer Camp for Teachers Begins June 20

June 20, 2010

Martha Dobson, Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Teachers will be arriving at Iditarod Headquarters today to attend the 2010 Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers.

Journey with us at this link to get a glimpse of camp activities!

Meet Martha Dobson, the  Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ by following this link. Martha will be sharing highlights from this year’s summer camp.

Plan to attend the 2011 Summer Camp.  Learn more and save $100 through early registration for next summer’s camp.

2010 Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers begins June 20!

June 14, 2010

Visit the 2010 Summer Camp for Teachers website at this link.

The 2010 Iditarod Summer Camp begins June 20 in Wasilla, Alaska!

2009 Summer Camp Alumni

2009 Summer Camp Alumni

Starting on June 20, teachers will spend 9 days at summer camp in Alaska, proving that summer camp isn’t just for kids.

Iditarod’s Summer Camp for Teachers is an opportunity for educators to spend time immersed in Iditarod and Alaska as they develop content driven standards aligned learning opportunities for their students.

Visit the Summer Camp Blog.  Meet the teachers and join them ‘via’ Internet during this 9 day adventure.

Make plans to attend the 2011 Iditarod Teacher Summer Camp, June 19 – 27.

Download, print, and register for the 2011 Summer Camp and save $100.

Martha Dobson – Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

June 10, 2010

Martha Dobson

Martha Dobson, Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, has been selected as the Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.

Martha, an educator at Mount Pleasant Middle School, North Carolina, teaches sixth grade English and Language Arts.  After returning to the classroom eight years ago, her prophetic choice of a Gary Paulsen novel to teach her students, led her to the Iditarod and a trip to Alaska.  After experiencing the race as an IditaRider and attending an Iditarod Teacher Conference in Alaska, Martha discovered that for students, the race seemed to spark an interest like none other and that the race is relevant to the daily life of students. “The challenge the race presents to mushers, dogs, students, and me is a metaphor for the challenges of life and life opportunities, a strong example of setting goals, determination, and perseverance to run one’s personal race.”

Beginning in June and throughout the next year, Martha will be creating an on line educational resource for teachers to use with students.  The resource will include standards aligned curriculum and a year long journal of information.  During the race, the journal will reflect experiences and observations  from her journey along the Iditarod Trail.  The resource is located at http://itcteacheronthetrail.wordpress.com

Martha’s lessons will help teachers around the world strengthen their own curriculum to meet the educational needs of students.

Click here to read Martha’s Bio.  (Link to be added soon.)

During the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Martha, will be flying from checkpoint to checkpoint along the Iditarod Trail.  Via Internet, she will share her observations and lesson ideas.  Using Skype and other technologies, Martha will bring the experiences and the race from Alaska to within the walls of classrooms around the world.

Teachers in all 50 states and many foreign countries use the race as a teaching tool.  Students in preschool through university level are involved in Iditarod lessons.  The lessons support content in all curriculum areas.

The Iditarod Teacher on the TrailTM program began in 1999 with an inspirational idea from “Finney”, who became the first  Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ and has grown into a nationally acclaimed and globally followed 21st century technology project. With the support of Target® this program is able to reach out to children around the United States and the world, bringing “The Last Great Race on Earth” a little closer to their imaginations in a real-time, research based project that inspires students to read, write, and solve problems using 21st century skills.

The Iditarod Trail Committee is proud to welcome Martha to this very elite group of educators from around the country.  Martha will be sharing a preview of her Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ curriculum at the Summer Camp for Educators to be held in Wasilla, Alaska, June 20 – 28 and at the Iditarod Winter Conference for Teachers, March 1 – 4, 2011.    Martha is the 13th Teacher on the Trail.

Summer Camp for Teachers

May 9, 2010

Visit the 2010 Summer Camp for Teachers website.


Students are counting the days until summer vacation begins! Now you can make plans to join us at Iditarod’s Summer Camp for Teachers and count the days until YOU take steps on the Iditarod Trail to improve your teaching skills while developing a real time, reality based, technology enhanced, adventure learning project! You know Iditarod works as a teaching tool for your students! Take the next steps along the trail with us!

This daily schedule sample only gives you a glimpse of what we’ll be doing!

Sunday, June 20:

Iditarod Headquarters is the location for the introductory session for the Teacher Campers. Visit the museum to view artifacts from Iditarod’s history. Get a behind the scenes glimpse of the race. Ride a summer dog cart (weather permitting) and begin your Iditarod journey with us!

Sunday evening, June 20 – Wednesday, June 23

It’s all happening at the Dream a Dream Dog Farm! Spend 3 days and nights at a musher’s kennel and experience what it takes to raise and train the K9 athletes. Participate in the daily dog chores, go on nature hikes with puppies, learn about veterinarian care, and experience life at a dog kennel. Speakers and sessions provide campers with information about Iditarod and cutting edge techniques to impact and create content driven curriculum. Improve technology skills. Develop standards aligned lessons. Science, math, language arts, and other content areas are easily integrated through Iditarod Based Education. Character education and assets to healthy living are addressed throughout the nine day camp experience.

Wednesday, June 23 – Monday, June 28

Fieldtrips and speakers provide information to build on the core concepts addressed during the first days of the camp. Campers will meet Jona and Jon Van Zyle and enjoy an exclusive visit to their dog kennel and home, Pam Flowers, Arctic Explore and past Iditarod musher, and others. Asset/Character Education, team building, and leadership skills provide campers with opportunities to grow professionally and personally. Saturday, June 26, campers attend the 2010 Volunteer Picnic and 2011 Musher Sign Up event. Each day of camp is an enlightening and empowering experience!

That’s just a sample! There is much more in store for the teacher campers! This 9 day event provides a guided glimpse of Iditarod and numerous opportunities for each teacher to expand their current Iditarod unit/curriculum into a 21st century teaching tool. Each camper will be awarded the opportunity to be a member of the 2011 Iditarod Teaching Team.

You CAN’T afford to miss this opportunity! The experiences, educational value, and possibilities are priceless and endless!

Learn more about Iditarod’s Summer Camp for Teachers. Download, print out, and share this PDF document with others!

Download and print out the registration form. (PDF)

University credit will be available! Each teacher will receive a special teacher’s gift pack and other materials and opportunities.

Email questions and/or requests for additional information and we’ll provide you with what you need to know.

If you are teaching in Alaska, click here to receive special information about our offerings for Alaska’s teachers.