BB&T Academy

Overview

Session of the BB&T Academy taking place in a conference room

In October 2011, with support from BB&T, the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education in the University of South Florida College of Education established the BB&T Academy of Free Enterprise Education. The program provides workshops, seminars, speakers, and other appropriate professional development activities on the moral foundations of capitalism for K-12 educators from a wide variety of subject areas.

Each year, a select group of K-12 educators receive stipends to study the moral foundations of capitalism and then develop corresponding classroom lessons and resources compatible with their curriculums.

Past workshops and seminars include:

  • The Economics of Regulation
  • Dystopian Literature in the Classroom: Lessons in Ownership, Choice, and Opportunity
  • Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
  • Christmas Classics: The 12 Economic Lessons of Christmas
  • The Epic Economics of the Iliad and the Odyssey
  • Disneynomics II : Teaching Economics with Disney Stories
  • The Economics and Literature of the Progressive Era: The Jungle, Babbit, and The Great Gatsby
  • The Debate on Individual Freedom: The Roots and Ratification of the Constitution
  • The Economics of Westerns: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  • Circus Economics: Barnum, Business, and the Big Top and many, many more

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