August 21, 2014

Education Portal

Welcome to the Iditarod Education Portal! 

Get on the Iditarod Trail with us for an educational journey to academic success!  Pack your sled with lessons, projects, activities, and information that will enhance your curriculum.  Take your students on an adventure of a lifetime!  Use the menu on the left to locate information that you need!  Read our 'Welcome Message' to learn more about the Education Portal and use of Iditarod in the classroom!

Events for Educators!

2015 Winter Conference for Educators!  March 3 - 6, 2015 -  Anchorage, AK 

2015 Summer Camp for Teachers! June 20 - 29, 2015 - Willow and Wasilla, AK

2015 Events Held in the Lower 48 (coming soon!)


Follow the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Image by Terrie HankeMeet Erin Montgomery, the 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Erin is a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher and coaches 7th grade volleyball, 8th grade basketball, and varsity tennis. in Camanche, Iowa.  During the next several months, Erin will be hosting a website sharing curriculum applicable to all grade levels.  Once the 2015 Iditarod begins, Erin will be reporting from the Iditarod Trail as she travels traveling along the race route in small plane. Follow Erin at this link.

View an interview with Blynne filmed by the Insider video crew.  Blynne was our 2012 Teacher.


Iditarod Insider - Video and GPS Tracker! 

Subscribe or Renew TODAY!

ATTENTION TEACHERS:  Insider Video and/ GPS Tracker are subscription based technology tools to enhance your Iditarod Unit of study.   The fastest way to renew your current subscription or become a new subscriber is by doing so on line.  Visit the link.  Choose classroom or school wide, depending on the needs of your school.

A classroom subscription is for one teacher and that teacher's students.  The subscription can be used on one computer or the number of computers that there are for that teacher and that teacher's students.  (25 -30 computers)  Purchase JUST video or JUST GPS Tracker for $39.95 or both video and GPS Tracker for $67.95.  One user name and password allows Insider use for the teacher and teacher's students.

A school subscription allows all students and staff in one building to access Insider using one password and one user name.  The price is $99.95 for just video or just GPS Tracker or $169.95 for both video and tracker.  One user name and password allows everyone in the school easy access to Insider!

 *An Individual subscription is not licensed for use in schools.  You must purchase either a classroom or a school wide subscription account to show or use these resources with your students.  **  All subscriptions expire the end of June regardless of purchase date and are valid for one Iditarod season.  Subscriptions can be renewed starting July 1.

PURCHASE ORDERS:  If you are subscribing or renewing an Iditarod Insider subscription and you are unable to purchase using a credit card on line,  please click here for information on subscribing using a purchase order.  Please note, using a purchase order takes time to process, so begin this process long before the start of the race to make sure you do not miss a moment of the race.  Whereas a subscription activated online takes moments, a purchase order may delay the process for several weeks.

Recent Posts

Welcome to the Education Portal!

We’re heading out on the trail to help you lead your students to academic success!  We want you and your students to join us! This section of Iditarod’s website provides educators and families with the tools needed to develop the best practices of teaching and learning to guide students along the journey to academic success …

Are You Up to the Challenge?

We are at the starting line of a new school year. As teachers, you are planning, creating and establishing challenges for your students. You are thinking about all that you would like your students to discover and learn and achieve. But, how will you challenge yourself this year? What will you discover about your teaching? …

2015 Summer Camp for Teachers

  Summer Camp for Educators!   SAVE THE DATE:   June 20th through 29th 2015   for the ULTIMATE professional development experience!     Summer camp isn’t just for kids anymore!  Come experience Alaska in a totally unique adventure while immersing yourself in the Iditarod for nine days!   Campers spend three days at the Dream …

Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers: An Educational Opportunity

  Summer Camp for Educators! June 20th through 29th 2015   TRAVEL & TRANSPORTATION INFO: Plan to arrive in Anchorage on or before Friday, June 19th and ready to hop on the sled Saturday, June 20th. We recommend planning to leave Anchorage after six pm on Monday, June 29th.  Car rental is not required though …

How My Mood Affects My Team

by Philip Walters “Ooooooookey dokey little ones!  Are we ready to have some fun today?” I call out to my team as I walk into the dog yard filled with happy, bouncing, hyper Alaskan huskies.  My initial greeting to my dog team could easily be taken out of the context of a dog yard and …

Dr. Stuart Nelson, Jr. Thanks Students for their Volunteerism

Dr. Stuart Nelson says, “Thanks” to the students, teachers, and other friends in communities who played a part in the 2014 Service Learning project, Blankets for Sled Dogs.  This project supplied additional dog blankets to the checkpoints during the race.  Thanks, participants!  From the Desk of Dr. Stuart Nelson, Jr., Chief Veterinarian for Iditarod   …

Keeping in Shape: How Mushers and Teachers Prepare for the Season By Philip Walters

As I panted along on my early-spring run today, I contemplated the following: “Wow, I’m REALLY out of shape.  How is it possible that I could be so out of shape after spending all winter running dogs?” There’s a common misconception out there that mushers just stand on the sled runners and enjoy the trip …

Philip Walters: Bio

Philip Walters grew up in Lanham, MD.  He moved to Athens, GA at age 18 to study at the University of Georgia, where he earned a bachelors degree in music education.  After a vacation to Alaska in 2002, he fell in love with the state.  He began reading everything he could about Alaska, its history …


Educators:  The following presentations are ready for you to use in your classroom.  Click on the title of the presentation and download the presentation.  Virtual Field Trip of Headquarters with basic information  about the race. Virtual Field Trip to Headquarters (14 Slides. General information. ) Virtual Field Trip to Headquarters Version 2  (Same PowerPoint as …

Why I Compare My Middle School Band Students to My Sled Dogs by Philip Walters

Meet Philip Walters, a band instructor in the Anchorage School District.  Philip plans on running the Iditarod.  Meet Philip and follow his educational and Iditarod journey. Why I Compare My Middle School Band Students to My Sled Dogs by Philip Walters As a public middle school band teacher, there are few things I enjoy more …