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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 in-person 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. For more information, or if you have additional questions or concerns, you may visit www.usf.edu/coronavirus.


Once Upon a Dime with Little Red Riding Hood 

  • Tuesday, February 23rd
  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar, Microsoft Teams

SPONSORED BY A GRANT FROM State Farm

Event Details

Little Red has engaged adventurous children for a long time. From the traditional version to fractured fairy tales, Little Red Riding Hood has outsmarted the Big Bad Wolf in many ways. Using the original and fractured fairy tale versions as a hook, Dr. Deborah Kozdras and Dr. Sherry Moser will present these multi-disciplinary workshops for elementary educators that will engage students in financial decision-making as Little Red makes decisions about what goods to put in her Grandma's basket. For example, we will explore Red as she does some comparison shopping for goodies to put into Grandma’s basket. In addition, we will explore a fractured fairy tale where Little Red learns how to avoid the Big Bad Cyberwolf as she goes online. In addition, we will provide ideas for student writing about their decisions through digital storytelling.  We will also include a Nearpod lesson. Working with decision-making lessons we will consider decisions based on economic, mathematics, and science NGSSS standards. In addition, we will illustrate how to help students write about their decisions through descriptive, narrative, and persuasive/argument writing. In addition, we will explore some free writing apps!

Teachers who attend each session will receive a free children’s book and lesson ideas. 

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Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurial Thinking and Financial Impact: Resources for Women's History Month

  • Monday, March 1
  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

SPONSORED BY A GRANT FROM State Farm

The first twenty educators who sign up and attend will receive a copy of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. 

Event Details

During this webinar, we will use the concept of Grit from Angela Duckworth’s best-selling book to investigate how some courageous and gritty women used entrepreneurial thinking to improve their lives. From the Suffragists of the past to innovators of today, we will provide inspirational stories of women who have used passion and perseverance to make their lives – and in many cases, the world – a better place. During this webinar, we will hear from an entrepreneurial State Farm agent who will answer questions about owning a business. In addition, we welcome Ms. Jodi Pushkin, Newspaper in Education Manager, Tampa Bay Times, who will partner with Dr. Deborah Kozdras to provide diverse texts and activities to use during some interesting activities. With a focus on creative entrepreneurial thinking, we will provide examples of ways in which women have used their skills and knowledge to enhance the financial wellness of their communities. Some of the activities and diverse texts include: 

  • A decision-making lesson on influential women during Women’s Suffrage. 
  • Investigating primary and secondary source texts from the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper curriculum and e-newspaper, to illustrate other ways in which Florida-based female innovators have impacted society through their entrepreneurial thinking.

  • Providing links to resources and digital tools to engage students with writing about these gritty women, using references to Grit. 

All resources will be provided to attendees, including links to a Nearpod decision-making lesson and other multimedia texts to engage students with critical and creative thinking.

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The Economics of World War II: Causes, Course, And Consequences

  • Wednesday, March 3rd and Thursday, March 4th
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar, Microsoft Teams

SPONSORED BY A GIFT FROM BB&T, now Truist, Academy of Free Enterprise Education

The first twenty educators who register AND attend both webinars will be eligible for a $50 stipend.

Event Details

In The Economics of the Second World War: Seventy-Five Years On edited by Stephen Broadberry and Mark Harrison, WWII is described as the greatest conflict of an era of mass warfare. Economic considerations motivated the war. The war was managed with the help of economics. Economic factors powerfully influenced its outcome. There were profound and persistent economic consequences.

This pair of webinars will share an economics perspective on the causes, course, and consequences of World War II..  The first presentation will focus on the causes and course of the war in Europe and Asia.  The second presentation will analyze the consequences of the war in Europe, Asia, and the United States. 

 We will combine written and video resources to create lessons applicable to curriculums in World History, American History, European History, and Economics.

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Barbie and the Workplace: Historical and current trends in the financial wellness of women

  • Monday, March 8, 2021
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar, Microsoft Teams

SPONSORED BY A GRANT FROM State Farm

Event details

During this webinar, we welcome Lesley Mace, Sr. Economic and Financial Education Specialist, Public Relations and Education, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta – Jacksonville Branch. Lesley brings both a research background and practical application-through lesson plans-of women’s issues in the workplace. In this session, using Barbie in the Workplace as an analogy, we will engage in discussions about the cultural and economic impacts of women in the workplace. We will use a variety of texts, including graphs, charts, and images, to illustrate transformations over time of financial wellness and the economic impact of women in the workplace.

Some interesting topics and questions include:

  1. From the first fashion model Barbie, to the Math is Hard talking Barbie, to the astronauts and computer scientists of today, how have the representations of women changed over time?
  2. What are some of the impacts of women in the labor market over time?
  3. What are some of the financial implications of COVID on women in the workplace?

All resources will be provided to attendees, including links to a Nearpod decision-making lesson and other multimedia texts to engage students with critical and creative thinking.

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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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