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National Agriculture in the Classroom


Summary 2020 — Arizona

State Contact

Ms Gigette Webb
University of Arizona
4341 E. Broadway Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
P: 602.827.8253

Innovative Programming Conducted and Educational Resources Developed

Much like other states, this year all presentations were delivered via an online format. We developed the Citrus Jamboard - This was created to supplement the Citrus & Christmas Tree Virtual Tour between Arizona and Oregon.

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

  • 87% of teachers reported the presentations from the SAI were informative (agree-highly agree).
  • 99% of teachers reported the material was applicable to their classrooms.
  • 29,425 students received agricultural instruction as a result of SAI.
  • There was a 600% increase in teacher participants compared to the traditional in-person presentations.

Program Leader Biosketch

Gigette Webb is the Associate Area Agent for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. She is an Ag and Natural Resources Agent with an emphasis on Agricultural STEM Literacy and School Garden Food Safety. Gigette has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Masters in Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

In her second year with the NAITC program, she works closely with the 11 members of her Ag Literacy Advisory Committee in administering a research-based, scientifically accurate program that utilizes current education pedagogy.

Gigette spent 23 years as an elementary teacher. Gigette also has a lifetime of experience in working as part of a family-owned and operated sheep operation since she was a young child. Growing up in a ranch family, Gigette has had the opportunity to combine her formal education with the day-to-day STEM experiences and passion that comes from working in the American Agricultural Industry.

The SAI just completed its twenty-ninth annual Institute and the Arizona Foundation for Agricultural Literacy is the funding source for SAI, teacher workshops and curriculum development for the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Agricultural Literacy program.