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Stavros Center Programs, Workshops and Seminars

The Stavros Center hosts numerous professional development opportunities throughout the year for K-12 educators to assist them with implementing economic education and financial literacy curriculum into their classrooms. 

We look forward to having you join us for exciting professional development activities. Below you will find a list of current programs and workshops for educators. For more information about upcoming workshops and seminars, please contact us.

Upcoming WEBINARS 


After careful deliberation and consideration of the best information available to us at this time, given the unfolding outbreak of COVID-19, the Gus A. Stavros Center has concluded, with regret, that we cannot proceed with holding our Spring 2020 workshops as planned.

This decision was not made lightly. We made this decision with the health and physical safety of our attendees, staff, volunteers, and vendors foremost in our minds. We will be in touch with you should our events be rescheduled. For more information, or if you have additional questions or concerns, you may visit www.usf.edu/coronavirus.


Use the News to Get a Life: Using Inquiry to Learn About College, Careers, and Consumer Decision-making

  • Wednesday, July 8, 2020
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams and Nearpod

Sponsored by State Farm

Event Details

This webinar is part of a new series where we will Use the News with inquiry activities about real world problems. In this interdisciplinary session, we will provide some engaging digital strategies that include Nearpod, Wakelet, and other apps.

The focus of Get a Life is for students to conduct research into their present choices and future prospects through the use of decision-making and problem-solving strategies. Lessons will be tied to newspaper articles, videos, photos, and cartoons. We will provide a variety of informational texts with open-ended activities that encourage close reading and written or digital responses. We will also illustrate how responsible decision-making activities involve putting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into action. This webinar will be of interest to a wide variety of content areas, including: CTE, ELA, Media, and Social Studies. In addition, although the news focus is on financial literacy, the strategies can be applied with a wide variety of content areas.

During the webinar, we will provide we will provide links to the free standards-based interactive activities we have created.

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Alexander Hamilton and the Birth of the American Economy

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020
  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams and Nearpod

Sponsored by BB&T, Now Truist, Academy of Free Enterprise Education

Event Details

This summer Disney Plus is streaming Hamilton: An American Musical. The success of Hamilton on Broadway has served to renew interest in Alexander Hamilton as a founding father in our country’s birth. In that role, he helped shape the American economy and its financial structure. The story of Alexander Hamilton helps us to remember the purpose of our institutions and our heritage.

 This is a modified webinar presentation of a workshop given by the Stavros Center last year. It will focus on three questions:

  • What economic principles guided Alexander Hamilton as an individual and as a leader?
  • What impact did his application of these principles have on us as a new nation?
  • What lessons can we learn from Hamilton’s efforts and apply today as a nation?

We will provide lesson materials aligned with Florida Standards suitable for middle school and high school social studies courses. Teachers will have access to excerpts from the #1 national bestseller “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow which inspired “Hamilton: An American Musical” by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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USE THE NEWS TO SAVE FOR YOUR LIFE: LITERACY STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN CRITICAL THINKING AND RESPONSIBLE DECISION-MAKING

  • Wednesday, July 15, 2020
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams and Nearpod

Sponsored by State Farm

Event Details

This webinar is part of a new series where we will Use the News with inquiry activities about real world problems. In this interdisciplinary session, we will provide some engaging digital strategies that include Nearpod, Wakelet, and other apps.

The focus of Save for Your Life is to engage students in gaining critical thinking strategies so they can make responsible decisions for the future. Activities will be tied to newspaper articles, videos, photos, and cartoons. We will provide a variety of informational texts with open-ended activities that encourage close reading and written or digital responses. In addition, we will introduce a Fast and Slow Literacy strategy that is based on Behavioral Economics. We will also illustrate how responsible decision-making activities involve putting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into action. This webinar will be of interest to a wide variety of content areas, including: CTE, ELA, Media, and Social Studies. In addition, although the news focus is on financial literacy, the strategies can be applied with a wide variety of content areas.

During the webinar, we will provide we will provide links to the free standards-based interactive activities we have created.

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USE THE NEWS TO PROTECT YOUR LIFE: FAST AND SLOW LITERACY THINKING ABOUT CO-VID, CREDIT, AND CHOICES

  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams and Nearpod

Sponsored by State Farm

Event Details

This webinar is part of a new series where we will Use the News with inquiry activities about real world problems. In this interdisciplinary session, we will provide some engaging digital strategies that include Nearpod, Wakelet, and other apps.

The focus of Protect Your Life is to engage students in gaining critical thinking strategies so they can make responsible decisions for the future. Activities will be tied to newspaper articles, videos, photos, and cartoons. Decision-making topics will include credit/debt, identity theft, risk, insurance, and CO-VID. We will provide a variety of informational texts with open-ended activities that encourage close reading and written or digital responses. In addition, we will provide resources that utilize Fast and Slow Literacy strategies, based on Behavioral Economics. We will also illustrate how responsible decision-making activities involve putting Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into action. This webinar will be of interest to a wide variety of content areas, including: CTE, ELA, Media, and Social Studies.

During the webinar, we will provide we will provide links to the free standards-based interactive activities we have created.

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Teaching Tips for AP Economics: Foundations of Free Enterprise

  • Tuesday, July 21 OR Tuesday, July 28, 2020
  • 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams and Nearpod

Sponsored by BB&T, Now Truist, Academy of Free Enterprise Education

Event Details

In conjunction with both weeks of the AP Summer Institute being held by the University of South Florida College of Education, the Stavros Center is offering a webinar on tips for teaching AP Economics that is open to Tampa Bay Area teachers as well as AP Summer Institute participants.

 In teaching any economics course, we must include the foundations of the free enterprise system as the keys to our students’ and our nation’s future prosperity. They must understand that freedom to choose how they pursue happiness cannot come without the cost of individual effort and risk of failure, that freedom to follow their self-interest requires earning the trust of others in business transactions. This workshop will demonstrate and discuss ways to teach these foundations and enhance the effectiveness of classroom instruction for AP Micro and Macroeconomics.

 Focus includes:

 · Improving student learning by investigating the image and substance of capitalism (the moral foundations of capitalism) and increasing the reality and relevance of economics education (making better decisions).

· Creating an engaging economics curriculum by using free resources such as comprehensive curriculum matrices, interactive lessons, edited video clips, and standardized test questions.

· Raising student scores on the AP exams by incorporating AP-style formative assessments.

 · Examining the most difficult key concepts for teachers to teach and students to master. 

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Additional Resources

Be sure to check out our blogs created and mainted by the Stavros Center team members and updated weekly.  They contain content and lessons for your classroom and are linked to standardsfor your convenience.

Florida Financial Literacy - Activities, lessons and resources for secondary classrooms based on Florida financial literacy standards.

Sustainability Superheroes - Blog with lessons and activities related to the economic impact of Sustainability issues appropriate for all grade levels.

Free Enterprise Education - Blog with lessons and activities centered on the values of Free Enterprise

Sunny Money - K-8 blog on economic and financial literacy activities. 


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