Author: Jane Holmes (104 posts)


Finalists Selected – Who Will Be the 2025 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™️?

Teachers from around the world apply for the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail position.  What is that like, exactly?  The process is long and complex starting with a portfolio submission, due December 1,  which includes showcase lessons, experiences and background that are helpful to performing the tasks of the Teacher on the Trail, letters of …

Finalists Are Selected – Who Will be the 2025 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™️?

Teachers from around the world apply for the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail position.  What is that like, exactly?  The process is long and complex starting with a portfolio submission, due December 1,  which includes showcase lessons, experiences and background that are helpful to performing the tasks of the Teacher on the Trail, letters of …

2024 Iditarod Education Winter Educators Conference Schedule

February 27 – Tuesday Lakefront Hotel 3rd floor Spenard room 8 a.m. breakfast (provided) /check in 8:45 a.m. Jane Holmes, Education Director Welcome: staff introductions, UAA credit options, I.C.E. information 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. 2024 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Kate Newmyer 10:15 – 11:00 a.m. 2014 Teacher on the Trail Erin Montgomery “AI and …

2024 Educational Trail Mail Design Winner Announcement

Just like the mushers of the Iditarod, Karlyn T. of WY showed perseverance and has been selected as the artist for the 2024 Trail Mail envelopes.  Karlyn entered last year’s Trail Mail design contest as well and was a top finalist. Meeting and exceeding the criteria of content and artistic aptitude, this 13 year old’s …

2024 Trail Mail Sales Are Open

We are so excited to announce that sales for the Educational Trail Mail Project are open! This is an amazing chance for your class to be a part of history by sending a piece of mail down the trail in one of the 2024 student designed cachets and help us raise funds for our education …

Warm Hearts Make Warm Dogs 2024

Calling all classrooms! Our students are the biggest fans and supporters of the race especially of the dogs!  The Iditarod Return Dog Team is in need of 300 fleece dog blankets to be used at checkpoints AND to have on hand for dogs returned to Anchorage during the race.  While the dogs are being cared …

Updated 2024 Winter Conference Information

Updated speaker and schedule information. Learn how to harness the power of the Iditarod and sled dog racing to increase student engagement and drive in your classroom.  Add new gear to your classroom sled bag.  Broaden your repertoire of Iditarod lessons in a multitude of content areas and across a wide range of age and …

STEM Innovations Based on the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge and the Iditarod Sled Dog Race

The Iditarod Education Department continues to partner with the Idaho Sled Dog Challenge, an Iditarod qualifier, in developing captivating STEM curriculum tied to both races.  Iditarod Teachers on the Trail™️ Jim Deprez (21-22), Heidi Sloan (2018), and Erin Montgomery (2015) will share research based STEM lessons you can use immediately in your classroom. The Idaho …

2024 Winter Educators Conference Registration is Open!

Learn how to harness the power of the Iditarod and sled dog racing to increase student engagement and drive in your classroom.  Add new gear to your classroom sled bag.  Broaden your repertoire of Iditarod-themed lessons in a multitude of content areas and across a wide range of age and grade levels.  This professional development …

Fantasy Iditarod Dog Draft – Football’s Got Nothing on These 4-legged Athletes

Fall brings images of football and many folks are drafting their fantasy football teams.  But kids would much rather have a fantasy Iditarod team – 16 team members, 8 positions, 64 paws on the ground!!  Use this updated Fantasy Dog Draft Lesson from Jen Reiter, 2014 Teacher on the Trail now – or wait until …