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 

Pirates, Parades, and Pigskins: The Economic Impact of pirates and Their Legacy on Tampa Bay

  • Date: Thursday, January 20, 2022
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (a light dinner will be provided)
  • Location: USF Stavros Center 4111 USF Willow Drive, Tampa 33620

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During this session, we are pleased to welcome a representative from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who will speak about the business and career options in the world of sports. In addition, we will discuss timeless topics regarding pirates and the ways in which the historical figures have impacted the local economy. We will examine a variety of texts, including fictional tales (Treasure Island, Peter Pan, and Pirates of the Caribbean) and primary sources to investigate the evolution of pirates over time, including the current economic impact of the Gasparilla Festival. We will include standards-based lessons and activities. As a guest presenter, we welcome Mr. Brian Wassmuth, an economics educator from Plant High in Hillsborough County, who will model lesson ideas that align to social studies standards, with a focus on economics and history. In addition, representatives from EverFi will present some engaging digital lessons they created in collaboration with the Bucs. We look forward to seeing you in our first face-to-face workshop of the year!   

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Ask the Right Questions About African American Women Change-Makers and Financial Wellness

  • Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30p.m.
  • WEBINAR via Microsoft TEAMS

Sponsored by a gift from State Farm

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During this session, we will use a primary source set from the Library of Congress and model an Ask the Right Question lesson that can be adapted for different content areas. Using the primary source set, African American Women Change-makers, we will investigate questioning techniques you can use with students to focus on how these women used entrepreneurial thinking to create change and enhance the financial wellness of themselves and others. After a historical look, we will fast forward to a current African American Woman Change-maker, Ms. Carole Colvin, USF Stavros Center Board Member and co-founder of Bay Area Coffee and Tea Company. Carole will discuss her entrepreneurial endeavors with the company she founded with her husband, Herbert, and explain how they have focused on inclusiveness, sustainability, and financial consideration of all persons involved in coffee production within their business.  

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Monsters and Money: Using Disney to Inspire Decision-Making, Design Thinking, and Socratic Seminars

  • Date: Monday, January 31, 2022
  • Time: 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (a light dinner will be provided)
  • Location: USF Stavros Center, 4111 USF Willow Drive Tampa 33620

Sponsored by a gift from State Farm

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During this session, we will provide educators with connections to lessons and activities that align with Monsters Inc. and the new Monsters at Work Disney series. After examining some basic economic and financial literacy concepts, Ms. Teresa Buckman of Hillsborough County Public Schools will model some lessons that include decision-making, design thinking, and budgeting. In addition, Teresa will demonstrate how she uses Socratic Seminars as a pedagogical strategy to inspire critical thinking during decision-making. For example, we will present activities that address such questions as: why do the Monsters need to work, how would you budget for a new playground, and which energy source should the Monsters use to power Monstropolis? Educators who attend will have access to a Nearpod activity, as well as links to lessons and activities. Although many of the ideas are focused on K-5 standards, we will discuss how to use Socratic Seminars with any decision-making activity from K-12.  

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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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