HiStory Retold is a student-led initiative working to introduce new perspectives into national history curricula. We believe that no story deserves to be left unheard.
We are not an organization looking to rewrite history, or one looking to erase it. We're simply working to supplement the historical learning experience by casting light on new voices, lenses, and perspectives. Many communities have come together to weave the rich tapestry of American history - we are trying to aim a spotlight on these communities, for it is their contribution to the American experience that makes our country so unique in the world. Our resources naturally complement national curriculum standards, making it easy for educators to implement them alongside established lesson plans.
Representation matters. We're democratizing access to representative curricula by providing teachers, students, parents, and community members with a platform to share their stories. Our innovative approach to curriculum change synthesizes pedagogical, political, and personal impact: we develop online resource sets, organize policy action pushes, and work to promote storytelling in the classroom. We work firsthand with school districts, administrative boards, and individual educators to accomplish each of our goals.
All of our work is led and championed by our student network, which spans 20 states. As a group, we recognize that education shapes perspective. We also recognize that, when high schoolers engage with diverse and relevant curricula, academic performance improves, along with student attendance. We know that inclusive education has the potential to transform students' futures.
After all, today's students are tomorrow's global leaders. We cannot stand by and watch a new generation grow and learn in a world that is ignorant to different perspectives. We must equip our students with a comprehensive understanding of all of the unique voices that have made an impact on our country, so that they can create a more empathetic, collaborative, and connected world.
Our goal is to highlight the histories and backgrounds of a myriad of different Americans, enriching curriculum in the process. Stories are one of the most powerful mediums of information: they give us a chance to truly understand each others' experiences. Thus, we've created a comprehensive collection of 'testimonies' highlighting the unique perspectives of people around the nation. We hope that these stories will help people to further understand their fellow human beings and thus work towards a more equitable future.