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USF College of Education welcomes Peter Trakas as new director of Gus A. Stavros Center

The USF College of Education welcomes Peter Trakas, EdD, as the new director of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education. In this role, Trakas will lead the Stavros Center in its mission of advancing the effective teaching and integration of economic education, free enterprise and financial literacy into K-20 curricula.

May 27, 2022Centers and Institutes, College of Education News, Faculty and Staff

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Gift from Coca-Cola Beverages Florida supports USF Stavros Center’s ‘Sustainability Superheroes’ initiative

The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education received a $40,000 gift from Coca-Cola Beverages Florida to support Sustainability Superheroes, a professional development program that provides Florida teachers with sustainability training, mentorship and resources.

May 19, 2022Centers and Institutes

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State Farm renews $20,000 gift to USF Stavros Center to fund economics education workshops for K-12 teachers

The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education received a $20,000 gift from State Farm in support of the Center’s ongoing programming for K-12 teachers to help educate students in economics and financial literacy.

January 31, 2022Centers and Institutes

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Stavros Center receives $20,000 grant from State Farm to continue support of economics education workshops for K-12 teachers

To date, State Farm has provided more than $200,000 in financial support to the Stavros Center.

February 24, 2021Centers and Institutes

Stavros Center staff with State Farm representative

Gus A. Stavros Center receives gift from State Farm to support financial literacy education programs

The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education received a $20,000 gift from State Farm to support the Center’s K-12 economics education professional development programs.

March 4, 2020Centers and Institutes

Group photo of Stavros Center Sustainability Grant Presentation

USF Stavros Center receives Coca-Cola Foundation grant to help educators integrate lessons on sustainability into K-12 curriculum

To help K-12 educators teach their students about sustainability in all subjects and grade levels, the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education is teaming up with the University of South Florida’s Patel College for Global Sustainability to create new training and lesson plans for teachers throughout the Tampa Bay region.

March 28, 2019Centers and Institutes, Community Engagement

Group photo of State Farm check presentation at Gus A. Stavros Center

Stavros Center receives $20,000 grant from State Farm to continue support of economics education workshops for K-12 teachers

The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education received a $20,000 gift from State Farm in support of the Center’s ongoing programming for K-12 teachers to help educate students in economics and financial literacy.

March 25, 2019Centers and Institutes

Students at Learning Gate Community School giving a class presentation

Alumna inspires students to become budding entrepreneurs through Sumerian ‘Shark Tank’ activity

The hallways at Learning Gate Community School buzzed with excitement as students in Kara Windish’s 6th grade class rehearsed their business pitches and adjusted their homemade inventions.

November 16, 2018Alumni and Friends, Centers and Institutes

State Farm makes gift to USF Stavros Center

State Farm makes $20,000 gift to Gus A. Stavros Center Free Enterprise and Economic Education

The USF College of Education announced that State Farm awarded $20,000 to the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education in support of the Center’s 2018 K-12 Economics Education Professional Development Program.

June 18, 2018Centers and Institutes

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Stavros Center workshop empowers educators to use cars to teach analysis, decision making

A financial literacy workshop at the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Education helped educators prepare their students to analyze data and make decisions.

September 18, 2017Centers and Institutes

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Stavros Center professor receives award for work in literacy education

Deborah Kozdras, PhD, instructor and chief creative officer at the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education, received the 2017 Friend of Newspaper in Education (NIE) award from Florida Press Educational Services.

August 28, 2017Centers and Institutes, Faculty and Staff

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USF College of Education announces State Farm gift to Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education

The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education received a $20,000 gift from State Farm in support of the Center's K-12 Teacher Financial Education Workshops with a particular emphasis on the Center's financial literacy education program.

May 3, 2017Centers and Institutes

About the USF College of Education:

As the home for more than 2,200 students and 130 faculty members across three campuses, the University of South Florida College of Education offers state-of-the-art teacher training and collegial graduate studies designed to empower educational leaders. Our college is nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our educator preparation programs are fully approved by the Florida Department of Education.