MISSION

History UnErased's mission is simple: putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place -- the classroom.

 

Bringing LGBTQ US history into the mainstream curriculum ensures all students, today and beyond, learn and understand a more complete story of America and a more empowering reflection of who "We, the people" includes, allowing for genuine understanding and equality to become a reality for LGBTQ people. 

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Teachers Are Critical to Our Mission 

For educators to develop proficiency and confidence with this new academic content, they need training, ongoing mentorship, and high-quality resources to teach LGBTQ history as an empowering part of America's story.

One of our core principles is honoring and respecting teachers' experience and expertise, as the role of classroom teachers is more important than ever before -- and their input is critical. We listen to what teachers need and incorporate their feedback into our ongoing refinement of the instructional resources and professional learning experience, as this is the key to advancing our mission. (Pictured is an NYC teacher during a virtual training, May 2020.) 

 

 

 

 

Students Are at the Center of It All

Rising generations of students are surrounded by LGBTQ topics in the media, pop culture, politics, and current legislation. We are helping students connect the historical path and progression of these topics to today's world by providing all students with a more complete, and complex, story of America. Providing all students with a more diverse and inclusive academic experience is vital, as LGBTQ visibility in what students learn in school conveys a message of belonging and respect. 

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History UnErased was cofounded in 2015 by former classroom teachers as a social justice, education-focused non-profit committed to safe schools, diversity and inclusion, and equity for all students.

 

 

 

Miriam Morgenstern, Co-founder

Teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer and entrepreneur, Miriam has had over 30 years to develop her philosophy that children and adults are natural learners, and in the optimum environment, they have the capacity for deep learning and boundless creativity. Since co-founding History UnErased, Miriam has worked closely with other experts to develop Intersections and Connections curriculum, exploring topics ranging from gender roles in colonial Jamestown to the economic impact of discrimination today. Prior to this, Miriam taught history and English to non-native speakers in a large urban high school, where she developed innovative programs and mentored new teachers.

Miriam developed and taught the nation's first and only Cambodian Culture and Conflict course and created international teacher exchange programs that are still in place today. Miriam is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence and was chosen by the government of Cambodia to facilitate Cambodia's first Genocide National Teacher Training Program in Phnom Penh. Miriam received a B.S. in Politics from Brandeis University and M.S. TESL from SUNY Albany. 

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Debra Fowler, Co-founder and Executive Director

Debra's path to the education profession began with her service in the United States Army as a Korean linguist - prior to the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. (Her story is featured in Vincent Cianni’s award-winning book Gays in the Military). After teaching English at a private academy on the outskirts of Ulsan, South Korea, she returned to the United States in 2004 and spent the next decade teaching English and a variety of humanities courses to new immigrants and refugees at a large, urban, truly diverse high school. During that time, she produced two documentary films, Hard Truth, Levity and Hope (2011) and Through Gay Eyes (2013) to promote awareness of individuals who are ignored, marginalized or excluded within the public school system.

Debra has worked closely with other experts to develop Intersections and Connections curriculum, participated in the most recent revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Sciences Curriculum Framework as the LGBTQ history Content Advisor, and co-authored the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Position Statement on LGBT+ History with Dr. Steven LaBounty-McNair. Debra was NBC Out’s PRIDE 30 honoree in 2017, and is a public speaker advocating for systemic change in the public school curriculum and education systems that are entrenched with inequities. 

 

 

Dr. Steven LaBounty-McNair, Director of Learning and Development

Dr. Steven LaBounty-McNair, Director of Learning and Development

Educator, curriculum developer, and state policymaker, Steven has spent the last decade in the public education sector working to understand policy development and implementation processes with a focus on yielding more equitable outcomes for all. His dissertation was a 2019 finalist for the Dean's Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Work at Northeastern University, which concluded the need for high-quality curriculum materials and professional learning experiences in both pre- and in-service educational settings to achieve more equitable representation of LGBT+ identities in educative communities. The purpose of Steven's narrative inquiry study was to understand how teachers' stories reflected the degree in which they give voice or contribute to the silence around LGBT+ inclusive topics in history and the social studies.

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Our Team 

Highly-skilled educators, curriculum designers, librarians, researchers, and advocates comprise the History UnErased team. They bring decades of experience and expertise into our curriculum, training, and advocacy work.

 

 

Curriculum

 

Our instructional resources integrate LGBTQ history into the larger story of America, from colonial Jamestown through the 21st century, and allow LGBTQ people to be seen for the first time in an academic, intersectional, civics-based context.

Training

 

Our professional learning experience is designed to enhance the expertise of educators and develop proficiency and confidence with LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum. This training is delivered as a hybrid of live sessions and asynchronous engagement.

Advocacy

 

We are working to influence educational leaders and politicians throughout the country to change their curriculum laws to include teaching LGBTQ history and campaigning state boards of education to require training on LGBTQ rights and identities.

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Mission

 

Rising generations of students, teachers, and staff are surrounded by LGBTQ topics in the media, pop culture, politics, and recent legislation. The time is now to support our mission of putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place -- the classroom.

How you can help

 

Everyone benefits when our children have access to better education. And we have options for everyone, including parents, students, teachers, community members, and organizations to help advance our mission. Please join us in creating a movement!

Theory of change

 

Representation matters. When LGBTQ people and other minorities are included in the story of America, it conveys a message of belonging, and in turn makes it much more difficult to continue discriminatory laws, policies, and cultural practices.