iTREC! – Iditarod Trail to Every Classroom

 

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Click here for the 2016 application:    2016-2017 iTREC! Application

Modeled after a Forest for Every Classroom and a Trail to Every Classroom along the Appalachian Trail, iTREC! is  a year long, multi-disciplinary professional development series for educators aimed at providing the inspiration, knowledge and skills to transform classroom teaching into effective and exciting place-based service learning.

Educators who participate in iTREC! develop their own curriculum that increases student literacy skills and fosters student understanding of and appreciation for the public lands and resources connected by over 2,400 miles of the Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT). These curricula integrate hands-on study of the natural and cultural resources of communities from Seward to Nome addressing concepts in ecology, sense of place, civics, outdoor recreation and volunteerism.

At the heart of iTREC! is the belief that students who are immersed in the interdisciplinary study of their own “place” are more eager to be involved in the stewardship of their communities and public lands.

iTREC! is composed of 3 multi-disciplinary professional development workshops for educators,  supplemented with on-going partner support and guidance:

  • Summer Institute (5 days)
    Focus:  Introduction to the Iditarod National Historic Trail, place based education, service learning and curriculum planning
  • Fall Workshop (3 days)
    Focus: Curriculum development and evaluation
  • Spring Workshop (3 days)
    Focus:  Curriculum implementation and sustainability

Program Goals

Through the iTREC! program,  the Iditarod National Historic Trail will be used to:

  • Foster awareness of and a personal connection to the trail
  • Connect rural and urban communities along the INHT
  • Engage youth and communities in active outdoor experiences
  • Build lifelong stewards of Alaska’s public lands, natural resources and cultural heritage
  • Provide exposure to career and youth employment opportunities