Identity Based Education (IBE) seeks to empower and celebrate diverse student identities while simultaneously educating all students about social justice understandings and skills such as diversity, equity, inclusion, and empathy in their secondary education.

IBE is informed by three main educational theories and practices:

  • CP dictates that the learner's world creates learning, making education relevant and applicable. ​
    • Main Theorists:

      • Paulo Freire

      • Jennifer Gore

      • Robert E. Peterson

Critical Pedagogy
Learner-Centered Teaching
  • LCT values student experience and needs in  the classroom, thus  building education out   from the learner's  identities.

    • Main Theorists: ​

      • Maryellen Weimer

Literature Transaction Theory
  • LTT warrants that individuals have unique transactions with texts that are informed by and inseparable from the individual's experiences and identities.​

    • Main Theorist:

      • Lousie Rosenblatt​

Therefore, IBE seeks to center literature curriculum around student identities and experiences to not only educate all students about the increasingly diverse world they live in, but empower them enough to change it. 

However, IBE was not built in a vacuum. There were many paths navigated before landing on the pillars that inform this educational theory. So, for additional literature that led to the culmination of this theory, please look at the following literature review.