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3DE by Junior Achievement | Junior Achievement of Greater Kansas City

3DE. RE-ENGINEERING EDUCATION.

3DE RE-ENGINEERS HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION TO BE MORE RELEVANT, EXPERIENTIAL, AND AUTHENTICALLY-CONNECTED TO THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE REAL WORLD IN ORDER TO MORE FULLY PREPARE TODAY’S STUDENTS FOR THE DEMANDS OF TOMORROW’S ECONOMY.

3DE is intentionally designed to address key barriers to change at the high school level, and to position students for economic opportunity and choice-filled lives.

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We believe students construct meaning, develop competencies, and strengthen core academic skills through guided exploration of relevant cases that allow them repeated opportunity to work collaboratively and produce solutions to real-world problems.

We believe students construct meaning, develop competencies, and strengthen core academic skills through guided exploration of relevant cases that allow them repeated opportunity to work collaboratively and produce solutions to real-world problems.

3DE graphic for competency-based case method with illustrations for for self-direction, communication, collaboration, innovation, critical thinking and cultural agility

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Outperform in Academics

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Improved Discipline

50

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Increased Attendance

3DE Sponsors

George K. Baum Family Foundation

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City logo

Brian Clark

Harry Wilson Loose Trust

Oppenstein Brothers Foundation

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School District Partners

Northeast High School (KCMO)

Northeast High School is the home to over 500 students within the Kansas City Public School district. The high school has been a part of the district for over 100 years, and has transformed throughout the years to bring in innovative programs as their student population evolved. Teachers and school leadership are excited to bring 3DE into the building as the next initiative to challenge students and position them for success within the halls of Northeast, as well as when they graduate. Every freshman will be part of the first 3DE cohort, and as this class moves through the grade levels, the 3DE program will continue to expand with this inaugural class.

Olathe East High School

Olathe East opened it’s doors in 1992 as part of the Olathe Public Schools district. They currently have over 2,000 students in the school, and have always had a focus on finding ways for students to be involved in their school through clubs, sports and the arts. With a large school, 3DE will be present as a “school within a school”, meaning that about 150 students in the freshman class will be in the inaugural cohort. The program will grow as those students enter new grade levels, and by the time they graduate there will be a 3DE cohort at each grade level within the building.

3DE Staff

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Max Bowers
Director, Instructional Supports and Case Experience

“3DE is going to revolutionize the that we view education in the Kansas City metro. I’m excited to continue working with students and amazing educators.” 

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Sharon Ahuna
Director of School Leadership, Olathe East HS

“3DE provides the ‘why’ for students in relationship to their coursework. It will provide the skillset students need to be successful in their chosen life path.”

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Dr. Stephani Reynolds
Director of School Leadership, Northeast HS

“3DE is an equalizer, bridging the equity gap and allowing all students to explore their futures knowing they have the skills to do and be anything they set their minds to.”