Our Programs

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

Sustainability Superheroes at the Movies: Disney, Decisions, and Design Thinking

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

Event Details

Are you interested in using Disney film clips and gifs to engage students in thinking about the environment? Would you like to help students use entrepreneurial thinking to change harmful processes and practices? Then you will enjoy this workshop, where we will use clips from popular films and link them to decision-making and design thinking activities. This webinar is part of our grant from the Coca Cola Foundation, Sustainability Superheroes: Developing Global Citizens for a Sustainable Future.  The goal of Sustainability Superheroes is to help educators teach students about key sustainability development issues we face in the local and global economy. As such, the webinars will utilize an inquiry-based approach that infuses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and consider the connection between economic and ecological systems.  

In this session, we will provide activities for a variety of Disney favorites, which examine current sustainability issues. In the One and Only Ivan, what is the difference between animals on display and animal sanctuaries? How does trash in the ocean impact Nemo or Dory?  During the session, we will model how to engage students with rethink questions inspired by Toy Story, Frozen, Avatar and more! We will provide decision-making lessons and design challenges to help your students reimagine a more sustainable future. Whether you teach elementary or secondary, we will illustrate how to adapt activities to different grade levels.

Participants will have free access to resources, including Nearpod decision-making activities that engage critical inquiry.

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The Economics of Early Civilizations

  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

Event Details

Economics has always played a pivotal role in any society.  Production has always preceded consumption.  Scarcity has always meant people must give up something to get something better.  And governments and kings have always collected taxes in one form or another.  These and many other economic principles have played a pivotal role in the daily life of individuals and the history of peoples around the world. 

To understand the rise and fall of early civilizations then, it is important to analyze them from an economic perspective.  Such a perspective helps not only to “tell the story”, but also to “learn the lessons” that make history meaningful and relavant.   

This presentation will analyze the economics of civilizations in Mesopotamia, China, India, Greece, Africa, and the Americas.We will provide lesson materials aligned with Florida Standards suitable for middle school and high school Social Studies courses taught online as well as face to face.

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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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