History UnErased's theory of change is rooted in the belief that visibility and representation evolve cultural mindsets towards a more respectful and accepting world.
Today, as American society is struggling with its legacy of historic discrimination, we see the opportunity for systemic change to evolve through visibility and representation in what we teach our children about the story of America. When LGBTQ people and other minorities are included, it conveys a message of belonging, and in turn makes it much more difficult to continue discriminatory laws, policies, and cultural practices.
UnErasing history not only presents our children with a more complete and accurate story of America, but it also teaches the ideals of American democracy -- and that "We, the people" includes everyone. But this is a long game that requires investment, strategic adoption support, and changing state curriculum laws and policies.
Most educators have not had the opportunity to engage with LGBTQ history within their own academic experience; therefore, investing in teacher preparation is critical. In addition to professional development funding streams, investment in teacher preparation can align with any of the following initiatives: diversity and inclusion, equity, anti-bullying, social-emotional learning, and behavior intervention.
Strategic adoption support is complex, and our experts have decades of experience advocating for LGBTQ inclusion in our nation's schools. We help educators successfully advance community support and how to deal with potential disagreement or discomfort. Given the extensive experience of our team of experts, we are uniquely prepared to contribute to systemic, adaptive change.
In addition to repealing “No Promo Homo” laws in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas that forbids educators to discuss LGBTQ topics in their schools, several states are leading the way with legislated mandates for LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum. Our advocacy work with state education leaders also specifically includes, along with LGBTQ history, women's history, and other minorities.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.