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  • bethsoderberg 2:57 am on April 28, 2016 Permalink |  

    Recap of April 26, 2016 Meeting 

    Slack Log (Requires Slack login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account)

    1. Welcome
      1. Welcome to @babssaul who joined the meeting today!
    2. Updates on all in-progress lesson plans
      1. @toniaslimm is about halfway through the Keeping WordPress Secure lesson plan
      2. @bethsoderberg wrote up the needs for the Speaker Workshop. Please read and comment on the P2 post if you’re interested in helping with any of the pieces!
      3. @chanthaboune and @melindahelt ran into an issue with hosting accounts – there were too many uses of the fake credit card information from the same IP, so @chanthaboune is working with Bluehost to try and find a solution.
      4. @chanthaboune gave the team a heads up that there will be an intern working on Outreach stuff this summer who may pop over into training to take a look at a few of our lessons and either do some final tidying on existing things or help us get a nice, organized template for use.
    3. Copyediting updates
      1. @skarjune is working on copy editing some of the user lesson plans as he’s prepping for the upcoming workshops in Minneapolis.
      2. @coachwp and @bethsoderberg connected on the General History plan and copyedits will be finished this week.
      3. @skarjune will copyedit the content Editor Overview and User Management plans this week.
      4. @babssaul will take a look at the Managing Media plan to see what can be added in terms of image management. The group noted needs in terms of covering uploading images, image sizes and how the thumbnail/small/medium/large size works, and featured images.
    4. Quarterly Lesson Plan Amnesty Drive
      1. About once a quarter we go through and make sure that all of the lesson plans that are currently listed as having an author really do have an author. If you have a lesson plan listed in this list, it’s simply because we have noted that you are working on the plan if you no longer can/want to, that is OK – we just want to know! Please ping @bethsoderberg on Slack to either confirm your assignment or return it to the pile.
    5. Question time
      1. Some folks will be at WordCamp Chicago and WordCamp Buffalo this coming weekend!
     
  • bethsoderberg 3:03 pm on April 26, 2016 Permalink |  

    Speaker Lesson Plans 

    There are some almost-done lesson plans that will make up a speaker workshop track. The background on these is that some awesome people in Vancouver and elsewhere ran special workshops to encourage more diversity in speakers at WordCamps in their area. They then turned those workshops into lesson plans. Though the lesson plans aren’t quite done, they have been almost done for a very long time.

    I connected with @jillbinder, who had spearheaded the workshops and these plans, in advance of WCUS this past winter and she and I created a list of very specific tasks that need to happen with these plans in order for them to be considered “done.” We didn’t go through these tasks at the WCUS contributor day because of how the team reoriented at that time. I think this is a fairly interconnected list of individually manageable tasks and I am expecting that we’ll run into some minor questions as we’re reconciling all of these things.

    The speaker workshop will contain the following lesson plans:

    For all speaker plans, we need to:

    1. Create consistency by changing all places in the plans where <group>, <Diversity Group>, or anything else like that appears to read <specific group> or <not specific group>.
    2. Change spelling throughout to correspond with American English.
    3. Change any reference to “module” to “lesson plan.” These plans were written when we were still calling lesson plans “modules.”
    4. Read through and make sure any women-specific language is taken out of the lesson plans (above) and workbooks (see item #6 in this list). The original pilot workshops were geared towards women.
    5. Make sure the teacher notes for each plan match what is in this Google Doc.
    6. The handouts that were made for the original workshop need to be split up so that each handout corresponds to a lesson plan and that they are not bundled as one big workbook.
    7. The agenda is incomplete in the description parts of the plans and could be added once any incongruities with the Vancouver script are clarified (see below tasks).

    In relation to specific plans:

    1. Finding a Topic for a WordPress Talk – go through content and exercises and decide what to merge from the Vancouver script Google Doc.
    2. Creating Your WordPress Talk – this plan needs to be created from the Vancouver script Google Doc.
    3. Writing the Pitch for your WordPress Talk – go through content and exercises and decide what to merge from the Vancouver script Google Doc.
    4. Imposter Syndrome – The materials that were open sourced by the Ada Initiative can be adapted into an optional imposter syndrome training.

    We are looking for a few volunteers to help with going through this list and helping to get the speaker workshop past the finish line and into copy editing and testing.

    If you can help with any of the tasks listed out here, please pipe up in the comments! If you have questions, please ask those too!

     
  • Josepha 6:45 pm on April 25, 2016 Permalink |  

    Agenda for April 26, 2016 Meeting 

    It’s the final week of April and spring is in full bloom! Swing by Slack tomorrow for some WordPress training talk and general fun chatter with your friends and digital neighbors. 😉

    1. Welcome
    2. Updates on all in-progress lesson plans
    People can volunteer for any Tier 2 lessons (plugins and themes) as well!
    3. Copyediting updates
    4. Quarterly Lesson Plan Amenesty Drive
    5. Question time

     
  • bethsoderberg 2:26 am on April 21, 2016 Permalink |  

    Recap for April 19 Meeting 

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    1. Welcome
    2. Lesson Plan Updates
      1. No updates on the plugin lesson plans that were assigned last week.
      2. @taupecat might take on the “Adding Additional Fields” lesson plan and will talk to @bethsoderberg on what that would entail.
      3. @wpaleks is going to work on the “Migrate, Copy, or Clone a Site” lesson plan.
      4. It’s taking longer to put together the speaker plan P2 post than @bethsoderberg expected.
    3. Copyediting Updates
      1. @bethsoderberg finished a second copyedit of the Setting a Static Page as Your Homepage lesson plan and it is ready for testing.
      2. @Becks979 is working on some questions related to the General History lesson plan this week.
      3. @meaganhanes is still working on the Content Editor Overview and should be done this week.
      4. The User Management plan written by @anthonydpaul is ready to go into copyediting.
    4. Tier 2 Theme Workshop
      1. We are not listing evaluating a theme, finding a theme for your site, and activating themes on your site as separate lessons that are part of this workshop as they are already part of the Choosing a Theme lesson plan from the Tier 1 workshop.
      2. We clarified that  Tier 2 theme plans will involve making updates to existing themes without necessarily building a child theme or a custom theme. This means that the Anatomy of a Theme and Intro to Theme Testing plans should move to Tier 3.
      3. We’ve decided on the tentative following list for the initial Tier 2 Theme Workshop (please vote on this on the P2 post!):
        • Basic Theme Configuration
        • Include how to find theme-specific configuration documentation.
        • Customizer
          • Css changes, taglines, and static front page or not
          • Site icon/logo, Header image, background images
          • Menus in the Customizer
        • Font management
    5. Questions and Announcements
      1. @bethsoderberg rearranged the menu on the Handbook so that it includes ONLY the lesson plans that fall into one or more of the following categories: currently assigned to someone and in progress, ready to test, in copyediting, planned for a Tier 2 group. If you notice that something is missing, please speak up!
      2. @melindahelt reports that part 1 of Pittsburgh’s Tier 1 test went pretty good overall. They have some specific feedback points, but will wait and submit it all at once after they finish on Saturday.
      3. @skarjune reports that WordCamp Minneapolis will be testing many-most of the User LPs with 3 trainers & 25-45 students on May 20.
      4. @chanthaboune confirmed that we are having trouble getting a date on the calendar for the actual workshop, but that we are still working on it. She also noted that we are also partnering with Connecting for Good in Kansas City.
      5. @melindahelt brought up the idea of seeing if we could partner with local/national Girl or Boy Scouts too.
     
  • Josepha 9:47 pm on April 19, 2016 Permalink |  

    Tier 2 Theme Section 

    Listed below are the final set of Theme lessons we’ve come up with for Tier 2. Give us a yes/no/”needs more salt” in the comments below. 😉

    Basic Theme Configuration
    Include how to find theme-specific configuration documentation.
    Customizer

    • Css changes, taglines, and static front page or not
    • Site icon/logo, Header image, background images
    • Menus in the Customizer

    Font management

     
  • Josepha 1:43 pm on April 19, 2016 Permalink |  

    Agenda for April 19, 2016 Meeting 

    Today’s agenda for our meeting in just over three hours. 🙂

    1. Welcome
    2. Updates on all in-progress lesson plans
    3. Copyediting updates
    4. Final discussion on Theme Section before we post it for comments
    5. Question time

     
  • bethsoderberg 6:00 pm on April 12, 2016 Permalink |  

    Recap for April 12, 2016 Meeting 

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    1. Welcome
    2. Lesson plan updates
      1. @bethsoderberg will write the post about what needs to happen with the speaker lessons.
    3.  Copyediting updates
      1. @toniaslimm finished a first copyedit of the Static Page as a Homepage plan.
    4. Volunteering for Tier 2 Plugin Lessons
      1. @melindahelt will work on “Managing Spam on your Site”
      2. @chanthaboune will work on “Connecting Your Sites”
      3. @c3zh will work on “Adding Forms to a Site”
      4. @Becks979 will work on “What is WordFence Security”
      5. @melindahelt will work on “Plugins: Where to find Answers”
      6. @bethsoderberg will work on “Editing Plugins and Themes” (and will think up a better title!)
      7. @chanthaboune will work on “Site Backup”
      8. @toniaslimm will work on “Keeping WordPress Sites Secure”
      9. @bethsoderberg will work on “Migrate, Copy, or Clone a site”
      10. Would @taupecat be interested in/have time to work on “Adding Additional Fields”?
      11. Though not a plugin lesson, @juliekuehl suggested (and we all agreed) that having a plan on how WordPress image management works would be hugely helpful. We collectively thought that adding a plan like this to Tier 1 would be useful and @melindahelt may attempt to add this to Pittsburgh’s training over the next few weeks. If she can, she’ll format what she’s done in lesson plan format.
    5. Tier 2 Theme Lessons
      1. From all of our brainstorming the last few weeks, the initial list of Tier 2 theme lesson plans that we’re considering include:
        1. Anatomy of a Theme (ready to test)
        2. Evaluating a theme (in spreadsheet)
        3. Finding a Theme for Your Site (use from Tier 1)
        4. Activating Themes on Your Site (use from Tier 1)
        5. Basic Theme Configuration
        6. Include how to find theme-specific configuration documentation.
        7. Customizer
        8. Intro to Theme Testing (in spreadsheet) – needs definition
      2. @juliekuehl suggested a lesson plan on how to configure widget areas for a homepage that are built into a theme. She will work on this plan.
      3. We brainstormed things that we frequently do with the customizer and had a few other suggestions for these lesson plans:
        1. @tlctara suggested favicons and the new 4.5 logo option
        2. @c3zh suggested “Css changes, taglines/logos, and static front page or not”
        3. @mikemueller suggested “Site icon, Header image, background images”
        4. @juliekuehl suggested “Menus in the Customizer”
        5. @courtneyengle suggested that “simply mentioning that some things in customizer can be done in 2 places would be helpful, and vice versa in their lesson plans…. menus, widgets, site title, etc….cross-link the lesson plans, and mention that people can do these from either place”
    6. @chanthaboune very eloquently thanked everyone for contributing: “What you all are doing is fantastic; creating lessons to help people know WordPress better. But how you do it is even better. People come for the WordPress, but they say for the warmth. They stay because you all are welcoming and non-judgemental and kind. This work can feel really thankless, so I’m taking a moment to thank you all.”
     
  • Josepha 8:13 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink |  

    Agenda for April 12, 2016 Meeting 

    It’s almost time for our weekly meeting! The agenda is below; as always, if there is something we’ve missed share it in the comments and we’ll get it added. 🙂

    1. Welcome
    2. Updates on all in progress lesson plans
      1. Also, start divvying up the agreed upon Plugin lessons (listed below)
    3. Copyediting updates
    4. Discussion on Theme Section as listed below
    5. Question time

    Plugin Section

    • Adding Additional Fields
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is Advanced Custom Fields
    • Connecting Your Sites
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is Jetpack
    • managing spam on a site
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is Akismet
    • Adding forms to a site
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is Contact Form 7
    • migrate, copy or clone a site
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is Duplicator
    • building a sitemap for a site
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is Google XML Sitemap
    • improve site performance with caching
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is W3 Total Cache
    • Keeping WordPress sites secure
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is Wordfence Security
    • onsite SEO
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • What is Yoast SEO
    • Adding custom sidebars
      • Additional resources incl plugins in repo
      • A plugin example
    • Plugins: Where to Find Answers
      • using the forums
      • contacting plugin authors,
      • finding answers/report issues

    Theme Section

    • Anatomy of a Theme (ready to test)
    • Evaluating a theme (in spreadsheet)
    • Finding a Theme for Your Site (in spreadsheet)
    • Activating Themes on Your Site (in spreadsheet)
    • Basic Theme Configuration
      • Include how to find theme-specific configuration documentation.
    • Customizer
    • Intro to Theme Testing (in spreadsheet) – needs definition
     
    • melindahelt 9:39 pm on April 11, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Site Backups!! We haven’t included that anywhere yet and it’s super important. Should that be in the plugin section (and address some backup plugins) or an entire section on it’s own?

    • WPAleks 9:47 am on April 12, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi, that would be a good idea. I must say that I tested the most of the backup tools and I believe that I could write an interesting Lesson if other are interested in including this I must say essential tool.

  • Josepha 12:49 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink |  

    Recap of April 5, 2016 Meeting 

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    1.  Welcome
      1. @rtenshi is new! Welcome!
    2. Updates on plans
      1. @chanthaboune has one-click updates to make
      2. @toniaslimm is still working on Setting Static Page as Homepage copyedits
    3. Speaker Workshop
      1. some awesome people in Vancouver and elsewhere ran special workshops to encourage more diversity in speakers at WordCamps in their area
      2. Have been almost done for a while and need some volunteers for final touches.
      3. @bethsoderberg has a list of tasks needed for this to be complete
      4. A P2 post is coming with that list; @toniaslimm and @rtenshi have volunteered to help, but anyone can volunteer!
    4. Tier 2 Proposal
      1. @bethsoderberg and @chanthaboune will sort through the Troubleshooting lesson.
      2. Comment was left asking how we chose each plugin. @meaganhanes will follow up.
      3. Decided that a resource/handbook page that deals with things to remember and guidelines for writing a lesson that is centered around a specific product (plugin, theme, etc).
      4. @melindahelt suggested adding a lesson on custom sidebars.
      5. Voted for the existing plugin lessons, plus custom sidebars.
        1. @chanthaboune will add to spreadsheet
      6. @wpnzach raised the concern that showcasing plugins based on popularity is not the clearest metric.
        1. @melindahelt suggested clearer descriptions: the first point will be a lesson plan that explains “If you want to add a contact form to your website, you need a plugin”. Then there will be a series of lessons that cover individual plugins. That library of plans will grow as time goes on and we welcome anyone to add specific LPs for contact plugins, if they follow the guidelines.
      7. @bethsoderberg suggested an adjustment to the order of Theme lessons
        1. Anatomy of a Theme (ready to test)
        2. Evaluating a theme (in spreadsheet)
        3. Finding a Theme for Your Site (in spreadsheet)
        4. Activating Themes on Your Site (in spreadsheet)
        5. Basic Theme Configuration
          1. Include how to find theme-specific configuration documentation.
        6. Customizer
        7. Intro to Theme Testing (in spreadsheet) – needs definition

    We had a lively discussion and a lot to get through, so we mostly focused on the plugin section. We could use some additional ideas around lessons in customizer!

    Themes were tabled until next week, but if you have any thoughts, leave them in the comments!

     
  • bethsoderberg 7:58 pm on April 4, 2016 Permalink |  

    Agenda for April 5, 2016 Meeting 

    Hi everyone! In tomorrow’s meeting our main focus will be discussing and finalizing our approach for the initial workshops to be contained in Tier 2. If you have other things to discuss, please add those items in the comments!

    1. Welcome
    2. Updates on all in progress lesson plans
    3. Speaker workshop
    4. Reaching consensus on what to tackle next from our “Tier 2”
      1. See a draft outline based on all our previous conversations here: https://make.wordpress.org/training/2016/04/04/proposed-tier-2-lessons/
    5. Question time
     
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