Author: Jane Holmes (57 posts)


2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Finalists Announced

Each year teachers from around the world apply for the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail position.  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 support from districts …

2023 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Finalists Announced

Each year teachers from around the world apply for the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail position.  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 support from districts …

Student Volunteer Opportunity

WARM HEARTS MAKE WARM DOGS Calling all classrooms! Our students are the biggest fans and supporters of the race, but especially the dogs!  The veterinary team is in need of 325 fleece dog blankets to have on hand for dogs returned to Anchorage during the race.  The dogs are cared for a short period of …

50th Gala Centerpiece Designers Announced

Mr. Jim Deprez’s 3rd grade class, Columbus, OH   On Thursday, March 3, these classrooms will have their designs on the tables at the 50th Anniversary Gala!  Thank you teachers and students for your volunteerism! You will be amazed by the variety and creativity of the projects. We will post pictures when the centerpieces arrive …

2022 Trail Mail is Filled!

A big thanks to all classrooms participating in the 2022 Trail Mail project. All spots are now filled.  How exciting it will be for your class to get your envelope returned from Nome after having traveled the Iditarod 50th Anniversary Trail!  If you’ve signed up, you will be getting next step instructions soon.  And if …

Iditarod: The First Ten Years – Unstoppable Dogs

  IDITAROD: THE FIRST TEN YEARS – reading informational text to compare, contrast, analyze, and synthesize This month’s lesson prompt about the stars of the race is based on the book The First Ten Years pages 274 – 285 from the chapter “Unstoppable Dogs”. On these pages, early mushers describe their iconic dogs. Teachers should …

Rookie Meeting Math

 Rookie Meeting Math   On Saturday, December 4, the rookie meeting for the 50th running of the Iditarod was held via ZOOM. A collection of veteran Iditarod mushers and Iditarod staff joined to preview the race and review the rules and dog care, as well as give advice to this year’s rookies.  Use these math …

2022 Winter Educators Conference Schedule

This is a general conference schedule.   Learn more and register here:  2022 Winter Educators Conference Learn about the specific speakers and sessions here:  2022 Winter Conference Speaker Highlights Monday, February 28 Arrive in Alaska, get checked into your hotel, and rest up for some very busy days ahead. Tuesday, March 1 9 a.m. – …

A Statue to Remember…50 Years of Iditarod

Greetings Fellow Educators! The month of November signifies thankfulness, and this year is no exception.  It is truly a year to celebrate all that we are thankful and grateful for in our lives, families, communities, and the world.  I, Sled Dog Ed, decided to get out of the kennel with my friend, Topaz, and took …

Iditarod: The First Ten Years Visual Arts

IDITAROD: THE FIRST TEN YEARs – Visual Arts The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has been represented through art almost from its very beginning.  Paintings, posters, patches, badges, belt buckles and buttons have all been created to celebrate, commemorate and spread the word of The Last Great Race.   Chapter 8 of Iditarod: The First …