About Iditarod EDU

About the Education Department and Contact Information

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Mission Statement of the Iditarod Education Department

Promote the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® by providing educational opportunities for classrooms around the world.

We strive to help teachers be better teachers and students to achieve academic success using  Iditarod based curriculum.

Steps we take:

  • Create an awareness that Iditarod is an educational tool.
  • Inspire teachers to use the race in their classrooms.
  • Serve as a resource to provide on our website standards aligned classroom lessons, curriculum connection, activities, and projects for use in preschool, elementary school, and secondary school  teachers and homeschool families.
  • Focus on STEM and standards aligned content instruction on all content areas.
  • Partner with highly qualified instructional educators who are using this unique Iditarod based approach to instruction.
  • Develop educational collaboration teams to focus on quality teaching and learning.
  • Train educators at conferences and provide information on our website to facilitate an enriched educational classroom environment and enhance technology integration.
  • Collect data from educators on success of program involvement.

Results we strive for:

  • Teachers who are highly effective instructors and use Iditarod in the classroom.
  • Students who think scientifically, solve problems, read more, write more, use technology as a tool, and are successful in school.
  • Students who are apt to graduate from high school more prepared to further their education and enter the fields of science, math, engineering, and technology; students who are true world problem solvers and resourceful citizens, life long learners AND develop an interest in the race.

How to get started:

Tips on getting started using the race with students

5 lessons and ideas to kick off your Iditarod unit

Iditarod 101


For more information about Iditarod EDU contact Jane Holmes, Director of Education, at jane.holmes@iditarod.com.


Teachers are invited to freely use the lessons and curriculum on our website and to create Iditarod based lessons of their own for their own students. Individuals do not have permission to sell Iditarod themed or based products they have created or that we have created, nor do they have permission to use these materials in any published document, sold, or given freely in written format or used on their personal websites. Unauthorized use of Iditarod curriculum or lessons is strongly prohibited.

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