TAMPA, Fla. (Feb. 7, 2013) – The University of South Florida College of Education is pleased to announce that State Farm has given $19,000 to the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education in support of the Center’s K-12 Teacher Financial Education Workshops.
“State Farm has been a strong supporter of national and state economic education programs, including the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education, for several years. Most recently, State Farm and the Stavros Center have partnered to ensure that area educators participate in professional development programs that will prepare teachers and students with the knowledge and skill sets needed to effectively navigate the global economy,” said Dick Puglisi, director of the Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education, and assistant dean of the USF College of Education. “This priority is in keeping with USF’s strategic goals with regard to the global economy.”
During the 2011-12 academic year, approximately 1600 K-12 educators participated in a myriad of professional development programs offered by the Gus A. Stavros Center. Many of those programs received funding from State Farm to cover a range of expenses, including instructional costs, food and beverage for the educators, curricula materials and other outlays related to workshops. The professional development programs funded by State Farm were held under the title, “Enhancing Global Literacies –Teaching Financial & Economic Literacy.”
“We are proud of the Stavros Center’s continued great work that makes this type of support possible. Under Dr. Puglisi’s leadership the Stavros Center has forged many partnerships in the Tampa Bay area with the goal to help train as many educators as possible and we feel fortunate to be part of their team,” said Chris Cummins, Zone Sales Associate Manager for Financial Services for State Farm Insurance. “…teachers attend by the hundreds, which I believe speaks directly to the impact of the Center and the relevance of their work. Ultimately this training impacts the kids, which is why we feel their work is so critical. We know that a solid foundational understanding of economics and free-enterprise can have life-long and generational-changing impact so their work with teachers is a high calling and we are humbled to be a part of their great work.”
Harold Keller, Interim Dean USF College of Education, added, “The Gus A. Stavros Center for Free Enterprise and Economic Education is an invaluable resource for our own students and as an outreach partner to neighboring schools, teachers, and students. Enhancing students’ and teachers’ knowledge of the global economy is an important part of our mission.”
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The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF ranks 50th in the nation for federal expenditures in research and total expenditures in research among all U.S. universities, public or private, according to the National Science Foundation.Serving more than 47,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.