Recap of December 15th Meeting

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  1. Review of what Hack the Hood is from @dcole: They’re an Oakland-based organization that focuses on helping low-income students of color to learn coding skills. I believe they’ve been using Weebly for building websites, and we’re looking forward to helping them use WordPress. They often build a site for a local business, so it’s a win-win.
  2.  Tier One Progress (beginning user lessons)
    • We have some lesson plans that are ready to test (Installation, Dashboard Overview, Plugin Intro, and High Level Overview).
    • We could repurpose the High Level Overview lesson plan to make sure that we’re including the concept of the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project.
    • @anthonypaul is close to being done with the User Management lesson plan.
    • @torlowski will work on the Google XML Sitemap plan.
    • @torlowski has already started the Contact Form 7 plan.
    • @skarjune will work on the Content Editor Overview plan.
    • @juliekuehl will work on the Overview of Common Plugins plan – @chanthaboune to clarify what this should be.
    • @chmchm will work on the Local InstallLocal Install A local install of WordPress is a way to create a staging environment by installing a LAMP or LEMP stack on your local computer. plan – @chanthaboune will post something in our blog to get consensus from the group about what this lesson plan should cover.
    • We’ll add an Introduction to the CustomizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings. lesson plan to Tier One.
    • We need to add an Introduction to Common Plugins to Tier One.
    • Remember that our audience is novices. The lesson plans will be taught by teachers of novices, but their end goal/responsibility is to those students/novices.
  3. Status of Tier One Lesson Plans
    1. Choosing and Installing Plugins – copyedited and tested once
    2. High Level Overview – copyedited and tested once
    3. Choosing and Installing themes  – currently being worked on by @jcasabona; @chanthaboune will take a look and see if this should be rolled into the What is a Theme plan
    4. What is a Theme – started, not too far from completion
    5. Overview of Common Plugins – not started
    6. Introduction to the Customizer – not started
  4. Upcoming holiday season – many folks will be taking time to unplug and this is great!

To-dos from this meeting:

  • Add an Introduction to the Customizer lesson plan to Tier One if the lesson plan that @jcasabona just copyedited (Using the Customizer) is not what we’re thinking for this
  • Add an Introduction to Common Plugins to Tier One
  • Add a post to the P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at to talk through what our approach should be to local installs.