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 dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-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!