For Educators

Dear Educator,

I would like to invite you to a sponsored two-day conference in October on the UNK campus. This signature event, developed by arts and sciences faculty at UNK is a multidisciplinary colloquium on the Orphan Train Movement, and will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, October 2 and 3, 2018. The full schedule, outlined on this website includes a comprehensive program of featured speakers, panels discussions, academic papers, workshops, and performances. The colloquium will conclude with the opening night of a new musical, The Orphan Train based on the stories of six children who were orphan train riders to the Great Plains in 1872.

This conference is open to all educators, but especially significant to any educator who teaches English/Language Arts or Social Studies/History to students in middle school and high school. Several sessions will focus on methods and ideas to present this material in the classroom. Teacher resource guides will be distributed to attendees to foster inclusion of the orphan train movement in curricula.

UNK has received funding to sponsor 55 educators’ participation in this colloquium. This covers a $60 conference fee, (registration and materials, catered lunch on Wednesday, Wednesday theatre ticket), plus two dinners on-campus. Participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis, for this opportunity. If you would like to be included in these two days of professional development, I urge you to act promptly, as I anticipate the reservations will fill quickly. After the first fifty-five sponsored reservations have been filled, discounted registrations ($40) will be available to NSEA members.

I recognize that teacher participation in this professional opportunity requires planning and budgeting for substitute teachers during their absence. Be assured that this colloquium will be a unique experience of multidisciplinary studies, the results of which will be appreciated in the classroom for years to come. Our only request is that you commit to both days of the colloquium, as this full sponsorship is limited to fifty-five teachers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at I look forward to working with teachers who will participate in this signature event at UNK in early October.

All the best,

Anne Foradori

Dr. Anne Foradori
Professor of Music
University of Nebraska at Kearney