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.
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.
History UnErased was co-founded in 2015 by former classroom educators to provide K-12 schools with the training and resources they need to integrate and/or support LGBTQ-inclusive history and academic content with proficiency and confidence.
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.
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 LGBTQ+ 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 educational systems that are entrenched with inequities.
Dr. Steven LaBounty-McNair, Director of Learning and Development
Our virtual professional learning is facilitated by experts who reflect decades of experience as classroom educators, historians, librarians, and curriculum designers. Since our shift to all virtual programming in 2020, we are able to add experts from across the nation to our team of facilitators and continue providing the highest quality service.