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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. 


From Apothecaries to Witches: Historical Context and Economic Decisions in Shakespeare

  • Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

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This is another session in our ELA/ECON book club, where we will investigate the historic context and economic connections to fiction. We will focus on books currently in use, as well as texts included in the new Florida BEST standards. During this webinar, we will focus on two Shakespeare classics: Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet. For example, in Romeo and Juliet, we will focus on the apothecary scene, and will provide historic connections, as well as connections to current issues with ethics in pharmaceutical companies. In addition, consider some of the decision-making in Macbeth, based on historical events. We will provide activities, videos, and primary sources aligned to Florida Standards.

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Once Upon a Time with Tops, Bottoms, and Peter Rabbit

  • Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

Sponsored by a gift from State Farm

The first twenty people who register and attend the full webinar will be eligible to receive a copy of the book Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens.

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During this session, we will use two children’s books to illustrate financial and economic decision-making in children’s literature. Beginning with Peter Rabbit, we will use the book (which is freely available on Project Guttenberg) and clips from both the first and the new movie. Then, we will use the trickster tale Tops and Bottoms, to provide more insight into financial and economic concepts involved in producing, selling, and buying vegetables. The first twenty people who register for and attend the full webinar will be eligible to receive a copy of Tops and Bottoms.  

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Sustainability Superheroes Presents From Trash to Treasure: Reducing, Reusing, Recycling and Repurposing

  • Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

Sponsored by a gift from Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC

The first 20 educators who register and attend the session will be eligible for a $50.00 stipend.

WE ARE OVER CAPACITY FOR THIS WEBINAR AND HAVE CLOSED REGISTRATION

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This session is part of our new sustainability series sponsored by Coca Cola Beverages Florida. During this K-12 session, we will discuss the concept of a circular economy, where student can use design thinking to create ideas to reuse resources and keep them in the loop. From issues with current recycling, to new ideas in repurposing items for resale, we will investigate how entrepreneurial thinkers have been turning trash into treasure. In addition, we will provide ideas that educators have recently used in their classrooms, where students used items like water bottles and other trash, to turn into usable goods, art and digital media with environmental messages. 

The first 20 educators who register and attend the session will be eligible for a $50.00 stipend.


Yumonomics: Consumer Decision-making about Food

  • Date: Monday, November 15, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

Sponsored by a gift from State Farm

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Just in time for the extended holiday season, during this session we use freely-available texts from Storyline Online (Turkey Trouble and Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies) to explore ways to engage students with consumer decision-making about food. During the session, we will model decision-making activities and provide a variety of activities you can use with students that include financial and STEM concepts. For example, if a turkey was pardoned, what could you serve for dinner? How can a little zombie convince his parents that veggies are good to eat? Which veggies should he choose for his new soup?  From planning a holiday menu to making decisions about what food to buy, this will be a yummy, thought-provoking session. 

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Once Upon a Dime with New Disney Film Clips

  • Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

Sponsored by a gift from State Farm

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During this session, we will provide some activities linked to recent Disney films that educators can use in their classrooms. For example, we will investigate financial decision-making as Luca travels through the Italian Riviera in the 50’s and 60’s. We will also travel to the fantasy world of Kumandra, where we will investigate different economic systems, including: traditional, communist, and capitalist economies. We will also travel to the Amazon, where we will investigate financial decision-making, entrepreneurial thinking and inventions of new remedies and drugs along the Amazon. In addition, we will provide links to other clips you can use in your classroom.  

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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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