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10 Things That Inspired Us Amid the Coronavirus Crisis

By 3:11pm PST March 21, 2020

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Monday started with a lot of uncertainty as teachers, students, and families got their first look at what many are now referring to as “the new normal.” Coast to coast, we shifted from daily routines of rushed mornings, busy school days moving from classroom to classroom, and afternoons filled with practices and homework to long days learning and working remotely in our homes together.

Here at XQ, we’ve spent much of our week working closely with our schools and partners, listening intently to better understand the gaps and needs of the people in our community and around the country. As we’ve worked, we’ve been inspired and motivated by the people who have stepped up to do their part and make a real difference.

We know that some days it feels like we’re learning more than we’re teaching, there’s always beauty to be found in moments like these. So, keep your head up. We got this!

HERE ARE 10 THINGS THAT INSPIRED US THIS WEEK THAT WE HOPE WILL INSPIRE YOU, TOO:

A BIG GROUP OF AUTHORS STARTED HOSTING READ-ALOUDS, BOOK TALKS, AND STUDY GROUPS. 

Image from We Are Teachers

TEACHERS ARE SHARING THE LOVE WITH STUDENTS IN VIRTUAL STAFF MEETINGS AND NEW TAKES ON MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS. 

SOUTH CAROLINA REPURPOSED 3,000 SCHOOL BUSES AS WI-FI HOTSPOTS FOR STUDENTS WITHOUT INTERNET ACCESS AT HOME DURING THE SCHOOL CLOSURES.

Image from AP

XQ BOARD MEMBER YO-YO MA IS SHARING SOOTHING CELLO MASTERPIECES IN HIS #SONGSOFCOMFORT SERIES ON TWITTER.

KEEP CALM WITH AN ANIMAL LIVESTREAM ON. TONS OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS ARE SHARING CONTINUOUS LIVESTREAMS OF JELLYFISH. AND PENGUINS. AND BEARS. OH, MY

Exploring California’s Top Tourist Destinations
Image from The Verge

WHEN MARCH MADNESS WAS CANCELED, THESE KIDS CREATED THEIR OWN NCAA TOURNAMENT ON TWITCH.

Image from The Washington Post

PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE JOINED ITALIANS—ON BALCONIES AND ROOFTOPS—IN SONG.

Video from TIME

JOSÉ ANDRÉS CLOSED HIS RESTAURANTS AND TURNED THEM INTO COMMUNITY KITCHENS.

Image from The Washington Post

BIG-HEARTED STRANGERS IN THIS TOWN TURNED LITTLE FREE LIBRARIES INTO LITTLE FREE PANTRIES.

Image from Lit Hub

REDDIT PARTNERED WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE, CRISIS TEXT LINE, TO PROVIDE 24/7 SUPPORT TO PEOPLE IN CRISIS. WITH THIS PARTNERSHIP, REDDIT USERS CAN FLAG POSTS THAT SEEM LIKE THEY COULD BE A CRY FOR HELP. THEN, THEY SEND THE FLAGGED USER A PRIVATE MESSAGE OFFERING RESOURCES FOR SUPPORT. 

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Image from Tech Crunch

We hope these stories bring some positive vibes to your longer days.

And if you’re looking for people who get what you’re going through, check out our Facebook Group for educators, Teach for the Future.

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