Author: Jane Holmes (65 posts)


Sled Dog Rhythms and Routines

Libby here!  As I get close to being one whole year old, I’ve been remembering all the changes that have happened in my life so far.  A lot of what I remember are the rhythms and routines of my puppy year.  The first rhythm I remember was my mother’s heartbeats. Thumpa thumpa thumpa!  Our squirming …

The Determination of Togo

Leaping Libby here, the puppy who dreams of being a real sled dog someday.   Now that the snow is flying, it’s getting more serious around here. The team gets howling when it’s time to hook up to the sleds. They focus on pulling-pulling-pulling.  They slam into their harnesses, trying to get the sled to go …

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Announced

The Iditarod Education Department is pleased to announce our 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Julianne Westrich.  Juli is the Iditarod’s 24th Teacher on the Trail, a title earned through a rigorous application and selection process.  Based on her written application, she was selected as one of 3 finalists that were invited to Alaska to …

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Announced

The Iditarod Education Department is pleased to announce our 2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Julianne Westrich.  Juli is the Iditarod’s 24th Teacher on the Trail, a title earned through a rigorous application and selection process.  Based on her written application, she was selected as one of 3 finalists that were invited to Alaska to …

2022 Teacher on the Trail, Jim Deprez in Nome Nugget and on KNOM radio

In Nome, the Teacher on the Trail has many opportunities to interact in the community and Jim Deprez was lucky enough to be interviewed by “Alaska’s Oldest Newspaper”, the Nome Nugget.  Jim spoke with Peter Leowi while he was in Nome, both of them greeting the finishing mushers.  Thank you Nome Nugget!. This edition is …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 50. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs and jpeg for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want …

Insider in the Classroom: Race Edition 2022

It’s that time again – race time!  The teams are burning up the trail and the Insider crew is trying to keep up with them.  The Iditarod EDU department is committed to helping you busy teachers find useful Insider video clips for teaching. Check here daily for updates on the newest video clips posted and …

Alaska CARES Grant Allows Alaska Schools FREE Insider Access

Because the health, safety and welfare of our Alaskan communities is our priority, the Iditarod Education Department is collaborating with the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) through grant funding from the Alaska Cares Grant to offer …

Iditarod Scavenger Hunt – 2022

Have you been looking for an easy and ready to use Iditarod activity?Here is the updated version of Brian HIckox’s, 2019 Teacher on the Trail, Iditarod Scavenger Hunt.  This activity is a great one to touch base on many of the important points of the race as well as answers many common questions.    

March 2022 Educators Conference is Filled and Registration Closed

The Iditarod Education Department has closed registration for the upcoming March conference.  We are at capacity for attendees and excited to roll out the best conference we can.  If you are interested in future conferences, please email Jane Holmes, Director of Education, at jane.holmes@iditarod.com .  We hope to expand our conference offerings back to include …