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This program is administered by JA of Central Iowa
High School
Classroom Based

Pillars of Student Success
Entrepreneurship High Entrepreneurship
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
In a 3DE program, the learning experience is re-engineered to be authentically connected to the world that exists beyond the classroom walls. By giving education real-world context, this program empowers, inspires and better prepares students for life after graduation. The 3DE learning model incorporates the Four Cs.

Teachers and students are grouped into small cohorts, which builds a sense of comradery and trust. 3DE coursework is supported by an interdisciplinary team of five to eight teachers. This self-contained structure helps students boost their confidence and engagement.

Learning and curriculums are built around real-world, real-time business case challenges from regional and national companies. Students then use core subjects like math and English to solve the cases. This approach connects students with local business professionals and makes lessons more relevant, memorable, and engaging.

3DE encourages student collaboration through small group discussions and facilitated debates. This approach boosts social and emotional skills and closely mimics the real world.

By centering an interdisciplinary curriculum, including core academics, around case challenges, 3DE doubles the learning opportunities of a traditional classroom. The 3DE model helps students develop valuable 21st-century skills by encouraging creativity, cultural agility, critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving and self-direction.

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Alignment with State and National Standards

Common Core Standards

For those states that follow common core standards, Junior Achievement’s curricula have been reviewed for alignment with these standards! Learn more by selecting the appropriate grade level below.

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National Standards

While educational standards are determined primarily at the state level, many national standards serve as guidelines for the development of these state standards. See how Junior Achievement curricula align with the national standards listed below.

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State Standards

Junior Achievement curricula are created to align with state standards. To see how our programs align with your state’s standards, explore the options below.

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Scope and Sequence

Junior Achievement learning experiences cover financial literacy, career and work readiness, and entrepreneurship. Our extensive scope and sequence helps explain how our programs cover these subjects at various grade levels.

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Request a Presenter to Teach Curriculum

A Junior Achievement Volunteer teaches students
Junior Achievement lessons are delivered by volunteers from the community. These presenters are prepared by JA to facilitate engaging learning activities that focus on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship. This results in an enriched learning experience that helps students make the connection between what they learn in school and the world outside the classroom.

Steps to Request a Presenter

Steps to Request a Presenter

1) Request Info

Once you’ve decided to have a JA volunteer in your classroom, fill out the form on this website. You will receive information on next steps.

2) Pick Schedule

You will be able to coordinate a schedule that works for your class either online or in conjunction with a JA representative.

3) Meet Presenter

Once a volunteer is identified for your class, JA will connect you with the presenter to discuss roles, expectations, and logistics.

4) Empower Students with Standards-Based Education

After all details are in place, the JA volunteer will deliver lessons to your students either virtually or in-person.

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