2017 Conference Schedule

Iditarod Teaching and Learning Conference-  February 28 – March 3

Monday:  February 27 2017:  Pre Conference Social courtesy our Education Sponsor, ExxonMobil, 7:00 PM, Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage
  • Plan on arriving in Alaska in time to join us for this event.  We’ll be stepping on the runners of the sled together at this meet, greet, and share our goals for the week to come.  This will start us off on the week’s adventure!

Tuesday:  February 28, 2017

  • Theme of the Day:  Get on the Sled with us!
  • Focus: Integration of “The Last Great Race on Earth®” into Your Existing Curriculum.

7:30 – 8:00 – Registration and Light Breakfast

8:00 – 8:30 Welcome to our Conference.  Get on the sled with us.  Let’s call this our ‘first’ rookie meeting!  Introductions and Information.  Welcome: ExxonMobil, Cory Quarles, Introductions and Information: Diane Johnson, and Myth Busting with Katie Mangelsdorf

8:30 – 8:45:  Jen Reiter:  Gear Up! 

Get on your devices and check in with your classroom or school. Explore:  Utilize: Facebook live the conference, Instagram, and other aps that are tools for educators and classrooms.

8:45 – 9:15:  Introducing the 2017 Iditarod:  An Education Tool:  Our new website and other important tools for you to use. *You will need your devices!  (Lap top, tablet, smart phone, to access the Education Portal) Diane Johnson/Annie Kelley, 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  We’ve got a new website and we’ll share with you important information!

9:20 – 10:20 – Key Note Presenter:  Jen Reiter, 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ and national presenter.  From Sled Bag to Book Bag

10:25 – 11:25 – Sara Lamont: Science/Place Based Iditarod

11:25 – 11:45 Group Meetings: Start ‘filling your sled’ with ideas, sharing session number 1.

Group leaders:  Terrie, Erin, Jen, Nancy, Sara

Lunch 11:45 – 12:30

12:20 – 12:30 The Teacher on the Trail ™ Program Introduction    Diane Johnson 

  • The educators who have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ will each provide a presentation. In April, one of these three will be selected as our next Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ and serve as our lead teacher from June 2017 – June 2018.  Learn more about Teacher on the Trail at this link.

12:30 – 1:15 Finalist Presentation:  Heidi Sloan

1:30 – 2:15 Finalist Presentation: Tamara Druby

2:30 – 3:15 Finalist Presentation: Kim Busch

*The educators who have been selected as finalists for the 2018 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ will each provide a presentation.  Their presentation is a part of the selection process.  Our selection committee observes the presentations and looks for strengths and traits valuable to our education program. 

3:30:  Depart for Jon and Jona’s Home, Kennel, and Art Gallery.

4:00 – 4:15 Arrive at Jon and Jona Van Zyles.  Jon is the Official Artist for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

Wednesday:  Field Trip Departs 7:45 AM

  •  Get on the Bus!  Place Based and Project Based Experiential Learning Day!

AM:  Iditarod Headquarters:  Visit the Headquarters and see our veterinarian team in action! Observe the ‘Vet Check’ –  Iditarod mushers will be arriving all morning for final exams conducted by our veterinarian team. Ask veterinarians, race staff, volunteers, and mushers questions, photograph, record, and facetime or go live with your classroom using your smart phone to bring this experience to your students.  Discover important information on the science behind these sled dogs!

Lunch:  Settler’s Bay

PM:  Visit the home and kennel of Iditarod veteran musher, Matthew Failor and 2017 Rookie Michael Baker.  This opportunity provides a behind the scenes view of what it’s like to raise, train, and race in Iditarod.  Bring this event to your classroom using your smart phone or record and photograph this for use in your classroom.

*Our estimated return is 5:00 PM, the day’s adventure and weather are determining factors.

Wednesday Evening:  Special Announcement Coming Soon for Optional Activities

Thursday:  March 2, 2017

  • Theme:  Get on the Runners with Iditarod in the Classroom
  • Focus:  Practical application for your classroom:
  • SLED:  STEM, Literacy, Experiential Learning, and Differentiated Instruction.

8:00 – 8: 30 – Jen Reiter:  Tips on Following the Race – Social Media and other Tools!

8:30 – 9:30 – Nancy Wendt:  From Seed to S.T.E.M

9:30 – 10:30 –   Linda Fenton: Into the Books:  Language Arts Lessons Using Iditarod

10: 45 – 11:45 -Terrie Hanke:  Grand SLAM Iditarod – (Science/Language Arts/Math application)

11: 45 – 12: 45 – Lunch

12:45 – 1:15–  8 Traits of Iditarod and ACT (Character Education and Making Good Decisions)

1:20 –  2:20: Key Note Presenter: Sid Lucas Science: Sid – a secondary science educator provides lesson ideas for incorporating the race into science classes)

2:25 – 3:25:  Erin Montgomery:  21st Century Iditarod (Technology Tools and Resources to following the race)

3:30 – 4:00 –  Annie Kelley, 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

4:00 – 4:15 – wrap up

Friday:  Speaker Day:

9:00 – Katie Mangelsdorf:  Author, historian, Educator, Focus:  Joe Redington Sr., Father of the Iditarod and the history behind the race

10:15 – Shelley Gill:  Author and past Iditarod racer.

Lunch Provided for You

1:00 – Stu Nelson:  Chief Veterinarian – Facts and Information about the Sled Dogs –  The science behind the amazing k9 athletes.

2:15 – 3:15:  Behind the Scenes of the Last Great Race (What do our volunteers and staff do to stage this race from Anchorage to Nome and back?  This session explains it all.)

3:15 – 3:30 – Wrap up – You are now officially at the ‘starting line’ for the Last Great Teaching Race!