Nineteen states have officially shut down all public schools due to coronavirus concerns. Educators are fighting massive odds to transition their classrooms to remote learning environments, and with the CDC suggesting closures of 8 weeks or more to be effective, students are at risk of being seperated from crucial literacy resources like libraries and computer labs for the foreseeable future. With two-thirds of students in the US not reading on grade level, prolonged separation from reading materials will increase the difficulties for students who struggle with reading. Especially in low income communities where schools are the only place students have access to books.
As teachers around the country scramble for remote teaching resources, Weird Enough Productions, a national nonprofit using comics for social good, is making over 400 pages of comics, lesson plans, and activities free on their website.
“It's the right thing to do.” Says Executive Director, Tony Weaver, Jr. “Teachers are working with limited resources and now more than ever, students need something positive. Graphic novels have been proven to increase student literacy and engagement at record levels, and right now, I think we all could use an escape.”
Weird Enough’s flagship comic, The UnCommons, tells the story of a group of unlikely outsiders that have to save each other to save the world, is partnered with over 100 standards aligned lesson plans for teachers to use with students, and has gained the attention of Lebron James . Weaver, who was just named a History Shaker by Coca Cola for Black History Month, is also collaborating with teachers to host digital classroom visits to encourage students.