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Mindset Day: Transforming Student Mindsets

Transforming Student Mindsets: The Impact of Mindset Day at McArthur High School

In a world where students’ sense of belonging and commitment are paramount to their success, McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida, took a significant step forward with Mindset Day. It began when the school’s post-survey results revealed a challenge: low scores in response to the statement, “I feel a sense of belonging at my 3DE school.” Recognizing the importance of addressing this issue, the school’s 3DE leadership shifted their focus to student engagement They seized an opportunity to leverage the powerful insights of Sara Blakely’s Mindset Series, which encourages students to embrace authenticity, confidence, curiosity, and determination.

Mindset Day was not just another event; it was a strategic alignment of vision and purpose. The 3DE staff and administration worked in unison to ensure that the event’s objectives were aligned with the school’s overarching goals. Their shared vision aimed to foster a sense of belonging and relevance within the school community.

To create a holistic experience, 3DE extended an invitation to its community members, including school security, social workers, Junior Achievement representatives, reading/math coaches and more. This comprehensive engagement was intentional; it aimed to introduce students to the vast resources available to support their educational journey, ensuring they felt well-supported and valued.

Mindset Day was a full-day assembly characterized by teacher-led mindset stations, each thoughtfully designed around the mindset series lessons: “See it a New Way,” “Fill in the Blank,” “Hello Purpose,” “Aim High,” and “Reframing Failure.”

The event was not just about inspiring students for a day; it aimed to bring about lasting change. Pre- and post­ event data revealed significant positive shifts in student

perceptions. Notable increases included heightened excitement about joining 3DE, entering high school, setting ambitious goals, creating action plans, embracing failure as part of the learning process, and gaining clarity about their life’s purpose.

When students first heard about a full-day assembly, they weren’t particularly enthusiastic. However, the event surpassed their expectations, and in an unexpected turn, they found it both enjoyable and transformative. Those who initially hesitated ended up raving about the experience, even telling their friends who skipped the day that they had missed something special.

Mindset Day at McArthur High School stands as a testament to the transformative potential of the mindset series. By aligning with the school’s administration, engaging the broader community, and using data to assess success, this event exceeded its initial objectives. It not only improved student perceptions but also fostered a deeper partnership between the 3DE program and the school’s leadership. In the spirit of the Mindset Series’ core tenets of Authenticity, Confidence, Curiosity, and Determination, McArthur High School is poised to continue its journey toward excellence, led by a community of empowered and inspired minds.



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JA & Broward County Public Schools Partner to Launch 3DE Schools

Innovative Model Proven to Accelerate Student Engagement and Academic Outcomes

CITY OF COCONUT CREEK, FL (September 20, 2022) – “EDUCATION IS TRANSFORMATIONAL. IT CHANGES LIVES.” ~ Condoleezza Rice. 3DE schools by Junior Achievement is transforming the high school education experience across the country. This educational model re-engineers high school education to be more relevant, experiential and authentically connected to the complexities of the real world to prepare today’s students for the demands of tomorrow’s economy.

Junior Achievement of South Florida (JA) was selected to be among 10 JA areas of 102 in the US, to bring this new approach to high school education in its local school district. JA has partnered with Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) to launch the 3DE model in two schools this fall. McArthur High School and Charles W. Flanagan High School were selected by BCPS as the first schools to implement the model.

“BCPS is thrilled to partner with JA to bring 3DE to our local high schools. Our long-time partnership with JA is one of alignment and collaboration. The outcomes this model is demonstrating are outstanding and we look forward to reporting similar results in the next few years. Our mutual goal is to provide the most engaging learning environment possible for our students. JA programs complement the work of BCPS in the classroom, at JA World and in the community,” said Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright, Broward County Public Schools Superintendent.

3DE is a holistic, comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to reconstruct traditional high school education, combining core academics with real world application. Delivering the model includes everything from restructuring the school organization, reconstructing the curriculum design, teacher development and support, case challenge application and the involvement of business partners.

“JA is honored to have been selected as one of the 10 locations to launch 3DE nationally.  This school model fully prepares students for tomorrow’s demands by integrating business challenges directly into education to heighten students’ appreciation for academics (e.g., Reading, History, Math, Science, etc.) and long-term workforce aspirations,” said Laurie Sallarulo, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of South Florida.

Today’s complexities require a new approach within education that will position all students for opportunity. 3DE is helping to ensure that students graduate with the skills, mindsets and goals to be successful in the future. Our goal is to accelerate economic competitiveness and expand opportunity for all.


About Junior Achievement of South Florida

Junior Achievement of South Florida (JA) empowers our youth with the knowledge, ability and confidence to navigate their futures, drive our economy, and lead our community. JA provides real-world training in financial literacy including budgeting, spending, investing and the use of credit; offers cutting-edge skill-building opportunities that enable young people to explore meaningful, productive careers; teaches students how to start businesses; and introduces entrepreneurial values that strengthen workplaces. Last year, with the help of 7,100 trained corporate and community volunteers, JA delivered 20+ programs to over 69,000 students in classrooms throughout Broward and south Palm Beach counties and at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion, a first-class facility housing JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. For more information about Junior Achievement of South Florida, visit Follow JA on social media @jasouthflorida.

About 3DE by Junior Achievement:

3DE is a subsidiary non-profit organization under Junior Achievement USA, based in Atlanta, Ga, dedicated to re-engineering high school education nationwide.



The 3DE school “within-a-school” model uses real-world experiences to connect standards-based learning and project-based application to create interdisciplinary learning environments. This model breaks through traditional barriers and redesigns the framework of education from the inside out – expanding economic opportunity for ALL students. It…

  1. Provides access and exposure for students to diverse, high-growth careers
  2. Provides businesses with innovative perspectives to discover new productivity ideas and/or solutions by tomorrow’s leaders, future consumers, and future employees


Case methodology is proven to increase student engagement, build critical thinking, strengthen comprehension, and accelerate academic performance. Using integrated learning through dynamic case challenges co-designed by business partners, catalyzes student collaboration with peers, provides exposure to industries, and builds skill sets.


Upon graduation, 3DE students can choose a post-secondary path that best suits their passions and career plan. 3DE students will have been exposed to a variety of industries and businesses, building a future talent pipeline for our workforce. Each 3DE student will have also experienced 16 real-world case challenges and a senior capstone project.  National and local business partnerships, with organizations such as Arby’s, Truist, UPS, Delta Airlines, Deloitte, and Home Depot, provide case challenges geared towards equipping young people with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities.


  • 2,108 students across 7 schools
  • 500+ business professionals engaged
  • 1% fewer cases of absenteeism
  • 9% outperformance on state assessments
  • 7% teacher buy-in & engagement

For More Information, Contact:
Adrinia Woods, Chief Revenue Officer
Junior Achievement of South Florida
(954) 979-7100 x131 or

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