THE TIME IS NOW FOR HISTORY UNERASED
Our mission is bringing LGBTQ US history into the mainstream curriculum to ensure 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.
"I feel so reassured, in the face of many battles for LGBTQ+ rights and dignity across the country, that History UnErased is working for the best interests of LGBTQ+ youth while making a systemic change to the education all students receive." - Fran, community member
Students Are at the Center of It All
LGBTQ visibility in the mainstream curriculum helps all students make connections to the LGBTQ topics that surround them in today's world. Most importantly, this visibility conveys a message of acceptance, belonging, and respect, which then generalizes into their friendships, school culture, and a more welcoming society for LGBTQ people.
Teachers Are Critical to Our Mission
Classroom teachers impact students' lives, school culture, and the community at large in many ways. And in their classrooms, they are the arbiters of acceptance, belonging, and respect. We listen to what teachers need and incorporate their feedback into the ongoing refinement of our curriculum, which is critical to advancing our mission.
History UnErased was co-founded in 2015 by former classroom teachers to provide K-12 schools with the training and resources they need to integrate and/or support LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.
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 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 Position Statement on LGBTQ+ History.
“I feel a sense of urgency, every day, to get our curriculum in the hands and hearts of all students because I know this content is affirming lives, changing lives, and saving lives.” - Debra Fowler
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.