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 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

Hollywood and Robots in Our Future: Possibilities and Perils

  • Thursday, May 20th
  • 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

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

Event Details

Robots have been a fixture in movies since the classic film Metropolis.  Since then, many science fiction movies and television series have included robots, androids, and artificial intelligence as key players in telling stories about the future.

Today, robots and artificial intelligence are used in manufacturing, exploration, transportation, and even education.  They offer increased productivity and easier lives.  This presentation will explore the depictions of robots and artificial intelligence by Hollywood and what they teach us about the possibilities and perils of using them now and in the future.

This presentation will provide lesson ideas and classroom resources such as articles, text excerpts, video clips, and activities to explore economic, social, and scientific issues for courses in Social Studies and Science.

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The Economics of the Civil War: Causes, Course, and Consequences

  • Tuesday, May 25th AND Wednesday, May 26th
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

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

The first 20 educators to register AND completely attend BOTH webinars will be eligible for a $50 stipend

Event Details

Dr. Roger Ransom, president of the Economic History Association in 2004-5, wrote that “the rapid commercial and industrial growth in the Northern states before the war, played a part in fanning the regional tensions between the industrial North and the rural South. The economics of slavery were at the core of the antebellum disputes that led to the crisis of 1860, economic factors contributed to the North’s victory in the war, and America’s most destructive war left an economic legacy.”

This pair of webinars will share an economic perspective on the causes, course, and consequences of the Civil War.  The first presentation will focus on the causes and course of the Civil War.  The second presentation will analyze the consequences of the war as seen during Reconstruction and even until today.  

We will combine articles, maps, images, data, and video resources to create lessons applicable to curriculums in American History and Economics.

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The Lego Movie and Design Thinking: Play with Possibilities

  • Thursday, June 3rd
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

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

Event Details

The LEGO Movie emphasizes the importance of improvisation and play. Playing by the rules and following instructions achieves predictable results. They might be high quality (as is the case with many of the LEGO kits) but there is little creativity. The main message is to rely less on the instructions and more on your own ideas.

LEGO even offers a program called SeriousPlay that uses LEGO pieces to train organizational leaders and teams to imagine, interact, and learn to prepare for complex and uncertain challenges. Play helps people learn to take risks, to imagine solutions, and to try new roles.  This has led to key understandings of human behavior such as subtractive thinking.

Design thinking has become increasingly popular as an approach to solving problems or creating new products.  It is a companion to the scientific method, testing prototypes to determine the qualitative characteristics of how things should be.  Design thinking incorporates principles from STEM, CTE, and Social Studies and applies them to solve problems.

This presentation will provide lesson ideas and classroom resources such as articles, text excerpts, video clips, and activities to explore economic, social, and scientific issues for courses in Social Studies, Science, and Career Technical Education.

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Sustainability Superheroes Go Show the World: Using Wisdom of the Past to Create a Resiliant Future

  • Tuesday, June 15th
  • 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Webinar via Microsoft Teams

Sponsored by a grant from the Coca-Cola Foundation

The first 20 participants to register AND attend the full session will receive a copy of the book Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes by Wab Kinew

Event Details

This session celebrates heroes of the past and considers how we can use the wisdom of indigenous people to create a more resilient future for our people and the planet. Using a rap song, turned into a beautifully illustrated book, we will take a trip through history with the author Wab Kinew, to celebrate these heroes like Tecumseh, Sacagawea, and former NASA astronaut John Herrington. We will also discuss the author, Wab Kinew, who provides insight into indigenous life and an inspirational story to help students use entrepreneurial thinking to and show the world how students of all backgrounds can make better choices for a resilient future.

During this session we will provide:

  • Primary source documents and digital texts to use with students to teach about the entrepreneurial thinking of Native Americans
  • Decision-making lessons that use diverse texts to help students use critical thinking
  • Ideas on how to help students create their own rap songs and digital stories
  • A trace-based case which uses primary sources to trace historic economic practices of Native Americans in Florida

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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