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History Unerased Inc.

 PO Box 8421
 Lowell, MA 01853
[P] (978) 5022845
[F] (978) 6926531
https://unerased.org
[email protected]
Miriam Morgenstern
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INCORPORATED: 2015
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 47-2852025

LAST UPDATED: 10/25/2017
Organization DBA --
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Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years Yes

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Prepare every teacher to teach every child about the vital role LGBTQ history and people have played in our nation and world.

Mission Statement

Prepare every teacher to teach every child about the vital role LGBTQ history and people have played in our nation and world.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Income $27,500.00
Projected Expense $21,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Reimagining Equality in our Classroom, Culture and Consciousness

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Overview

Mission Statement

Prepare every teacher to teach every child about the vital role LGBTQ history and people have played in our nation and world.


Background Statement

History UnErased, Inc is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 2015 and is a Massachustts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education licensed professional development provider. History UnErased is co-founded by Debra Fowler and Miriam Morgenstern, both of whom are veteran Lowell High School educators and espouse the intersection of education with social justice and human rights. Their personal and professional experience provided the opportunity to witness the injustices and inequities that the absence of LGBTQ history has perpetuated in classrooms and communities. After producing the documentary film "Through Gay Eyes," Fowler sought a way to bring LGBTQ history into the school curricula as a means to mitigate the staggering statistics relating to LGBTQ youth and homelessness, suicidality, risk behaviors and drop out rates. She petitioned her school district (Lowell Public Schools) and garnered support from administration and school committee members, but they soon realized that teachers were not prepared to teach LGBTQ content due to their lack of content knowledge and their uncertainty with the ever-changing language - as well as the unique complexities associated with LGBTQ topics.  Morgenstern and Fowler also realized how their life experiences created a unique opportunity to address the prevailing needs of educators relating to training, coaching and materials development. As experienced educators, Fowler and Morgenstern understand that teachers need more than resources or ancillary aids to be successful when introducing new curricula; rather they need on-going mentorship, complementing professional development and superior quality, visually appealing materials that are grounded in primary and secondary sources. They began developing the organization while still teaching in Lowell, and in June of 2015, both Fowler and Morgenstern left their positions to devote themselves full-time to History UnErased's mission. Since that time, they have developed robust partnerships, developed materials based on inquiry methods of social studies education, participated in an accelerator program (EforAll), provided trainings and workshops for K-12 schools and community organizations and presented at numerous national conferences. History UnErased's work has been highlighted by several organizations including ONE Archives Foundation, GLAD, Lowell National Historical Park, and Harvard Kennedy School CARR Center. 

Impact Statement

Accomplishments:
 
1. After establishing History UnErased's (HUE) 501(c)(3) status, became a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) licensed Professional Development provider
2. Trained 300 educators, reaching thousands of students 
3. Received grants and professional trainings from the Library of Congress 
4. Created unique and cutting edge LGBTQ inclusive curriculum units
5. Award winner in the Winter 2016 Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) accelerator program in Lowell
Goals:
1. Make HUE's materials accessible to all educators and students 
2. Establish contracts with school districts for ongoing mentoring and support of teachers to create sustainable and real change (based on theories of effective professional development).
3. Receive additional grant funding to support work with schools and materials development 
4. Expand HUE's capacity to reach more school districts and educators 
5. Increase HUE's library of materials and resources 
 
 

Needs Statement

1. Fund "Give Voice to History" project in order to offer its products and materials at no cost to educators
2. Salaries for co-directors/founders - $90,000/year includes all benefits
3. Employ additional K-12 educator trainers to expand reach 
4. Nurture current partnerships and strategize creative methods for increased impact on target populations
5. Increase data collection
 
 

CEO Statement

I believe that History UnErased's vision is not only possible, but imminent. History UnErased (HUE) will serve as a vital catalyst in creating safer and more equitable classrooms and communities through its work training K-12 educators on LGBTQ history and prompting a groundswell of grassroots efforts to encourage curriculum change. HUE is unique in conversations about LGBTQ equality, as it is shifting the focus from the language of victimization and awareness to the language of empowerment through academic discourse. 
Today's youth are surrounded by images, information (and misinformation) about the LGBTQ community, but have no connections to these topics through an academic lens in their classrooms. The time is now to present a more honest history, and help our youth understand the historical record within a richer, deeper context. But our teachers cannot be expected to "just do it." They need - and deserve - cutting-edge resources and superior training that respects (and includes) their experience and expertise. 
Since the inception of HUE, Miriam has often "come out" as straight. And, since the inception of HUE, I have often "come out" as having been a drop out, homeless, and an at-risk youth - a reflection of the statistics that HUE knows will be mitigated with the actualization of its mission. Miriam and I both know - with profound certainty - that curriculum carries a "voice" that tells students they have a place in the world and the capacity to contribute to the world. We also know, through our work with students representative of every corner of the world, that our youth have the capacity for sophisticated understanding that far surpasses society's limited expectations and assumptions. Children can handle the truth - the question is whether we are brave enough to give it to them. We hope that you will join us in reimagining equality in our classrooms, culture and consciousness. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Board Chair Statement

My name is Dr. Warren Blumenfeld and I am a professor, author and historian of LGBTQ history. I am serving as a board member of History UnErased.

I met Debra Fowler and Miriam Morgenstern when they asked me to be an expert speaker at their summer workshop sessions in August of 2015.  I was given the privilege and honor of presenting an overview of the vast enormity of LGBTQ history at a three-day training workshop for educators, schools administrators, social workers, and guidance counselors. During the three-day training program, HUE trainers introduced participants to historical content areas and suggested pedagogical strategies of critical inquiry for engaging students and educators alike around the material from multiple perspectives and points of view .

What I experienced over these magical three days, as a presenter and then more importantly as a participant, was truly more than what one can merely read on founders Debra Fowler’s and Miriam Morgenstern’s vast resumes. I felt a core commitment to education, a passionate and unshakable dedication from these phenomenal women in resurrecting the lives, the stories, the histories that have long been intentionally hidden from students, from us all, by socially dominant individuals and groups through the draconian measures of neglect, deletion, erasure, omission, banning, censorship, distortion, alteration, trivialization and other unauthorized means.

The impetus in creating the History UnErased project grew out of Debra and Miriam’s conversations and awareness that professionally, they had both reached a point where they wanted to move beyond the classroom and where, according to Miriam, “the latest mandates about testing, evaluations and training were stifling our passion for teaching.”
 
For LGBTQ, questioning youth, and allies, this historical content can underscore the fact that their feelings and desires are in no way unique, and that others like themselves lead happy and productive lives.  For heteronormative students, this can provide the basis for appreciation of human diversity and help to interrupt the chain of bullying and harassment toward LGBTQ people.
When Debra and Miriam asked me to be on the board, I was happy to accept and pledged to help them fulfill their mission and vision.
 
The challenges this organization faces are inherent in the founding of any new organization. First, the organization needs funding so History UnErased can work in schools through the implementation phase. Miriam and Deb stress implementation because it is key to creating real change that is sustainable and ongoing. Funding is also necessary for general operating costs and materials development. With the cooperation of board members and partnering efforts with like-minded organizations, History UnErased is working towards securing more grant funding which will in turn allow school districts to access their services and materials. While History UnErased's mission is well-defined, the strategies to achieve the mission are still being defined. The organization also needs to expand its outreach through a cohesive marketing campaign, presence on social media and extensive networking. As History UnErased receives more grant funding, outreach efforts will be greatly enhanced. 
 
 
 
 

Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
STATEWIDE
While our legal business address is in Westford, MA, History UnErased has become very connected with Lowell, MA where both Fowler and Morgenstern were previously employed as teachers by the city. History UnErased has received the support of the Lowell National Historical Park and held several workshops at the Park. In addition, History UnErased is working with Middlesex Community College and has office space at Wannalancit Mills in Lowell.

Organization Categories

  1. Education - Secondary & High Schools
  2. Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy - Lesbian/Gay Rights
  3. Youth Development - Youth Development-Citizenship

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Reimagining Equality in our Classroom, Culture and Consciousness

History UnErased offers 1 to 3 day workshops for educators including teachers and administrators in full implementation of LGBTQ inclusive history and content. These workshops include training in best practices, expert speakers and materials. Workshops are limited to 25 participants. 
Budget  $6,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Population Served Adults General/Unspecified Lesbian, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered
Program Short-Term Success 
At the conclusion of our program, participants will have:
1) Recognized the need for LGBTQ inclusive curricula
2) Deepened their understanding of LGBTQ history and content
3) Developed at least one strategy for implementing LGBTQ inclusive curricula.
4) Discovered an access point in the curriculum for introducing LGBTQ history or content
5) Increased their comfort level through discussion of language and needs 
 
 
 
 
Program Long-Term Success  Expand and advance the repertoire of K-12 educators to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) history as part of the development of our nation and national identity – and internationally in our relationships within the larger world community. History UnErased’s unique visual inquiry models and teacher training services ensure that educators have the knowledge and confidence to navigate the complexities of teaching LGBTQ content, while understanding the inextricable interconnections between racism, sexism, religious oppression, and heterosexism.
Program Success Monitored By 
History UnErased constantly seeks feedback on training session, materials and presentations through surveys, direct interviews and follow up contacts. For example, in a recent training, 20% of participants reported being unsure on how to introduce topics to younger children. Using this feedback, History UnErased developed new materials to assist K-4 educators in finding curricular access points. 
 
Examples of Program Success 
Examples of program success include:
1) 100% positive ratings on post-evaluation for summer workshops.
2) 80% report that professional development was very valuable at Westford Public Schools leadership workshop. The remaining 20% reported that training was somewhat valuable for their roles. 
3) Teachers reporting that they are introducing at least one LGBTQ topic as a result of workshop. 
4) Administrator who attended workshop from Shady Hill School in Cambridge has hired History UnErased to present at teacher training presentation. 
5) At conclusion of presentation for LGBTQ at risk youth in Worcester, young people reported that they had NEVER learned any LGBTQ history while in school, and 100% reported that they wished they had been taught this history when they were in school. 
 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Debra Fowler
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Debra, a veteran classroom teacher, documentary filmmaker and public speaker, is resolute to challenge the status quo and respond (with a gentle assertion) to the injustices that are entrenched in the realm of education. Debra has produced two documentary films, “Through Gay Eyes” and “Hard Truth, Levity and Hope,” which promote awareness of individuals that are currently ignored, marginalized or excluded in our public schools. These documentary films provided leverage in advocating for the advancement of school curricula to include LGBTQ history, and for the equitable treatment of refugee students regarding educational policy and access to resources. Debra is a public speaker, engaging the community on these issues of equity in a variety of local and national venues.
 
Co-CEO Mrs. Miriam Morgenstern
Co-CEO Term Start Jan 2015
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience Miriam, a veteran classroom teacher, social justice educator and teacher trainer uses community service and outreach programs to create global awareness and explore complex historical events. Miriam has developed innovative courses and programs focusing on social justice and genocide awareness: the Public Service and Civic Engagement Academy at Lowell High School and the first-ever course on Cambodian history in a public high school in the United States. After traveling to Cambodia in 2007 with the Massachusetts Department of Education, she returned to facilitate a genocide education program for Cambodian teachers, administrators, and government officials. Subsequently, Miriam created an exchange program for Cambodian educators.

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The most significant opportunity for HUE is through MA Department of Education's recent (March, 2015) updated CMR code. "Research shows that inclusion of LGBTQ topics in curricula corresponds to all students reporting that they feel safer in school, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Curricula should reflect issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, as relevant, to be inclusive across subject areas, including, but not limited to, health, social science, language arts, and family life curricula." The imprimatur from the Department of Education based on statistical data, as well as HUE operating as a licensed professional learning and development provider for MA DESE confers HUE's mission as relevant and timely. 
The most significant challenge is securing funding in order to provide schools and educators with trainings and curriculum units at a minimal cost. 
 

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 7
Number of Contract Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 6
Hispanic/Latino: 4
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
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Management Succession Plan Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Warren Blumenfeld
Board Chair Company Affiliation UMASS Amherst
Board Chair Term July 2015 - June 2017
Board Co-Chair Mrs. Jamie Coker-Robertson
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation JCR Consulting
Board Co-Chair Term July 2015 - June 2017

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Warren Blumenfeld UMASS Amherst - School of Education Voting
Mrs. Jamie Coker-Robertson JCR Consulting Voting
Mrs. Peggy Schleicher Middlesex Community College - English Professor --

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Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The Arcus Foundation is assisting HUE with board selection, crafting HUE's employee handbook, as well as working with HUE as a "thought partner" for organization capacity building. 

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Projected Income $27,500.00
Projected Expense $21,000.00
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Percentage(If selected) 75.0%
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Foundation Comments

This nonprofit is newer and received its nonprofit status from the IRS in May of 2015, as noted in the above posted IRS Letter of Determination. Financial data will be posted when it becomes available.  

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