WordCamp US 2018 Contributor Day

The Training team made a lot of progress at Contributor Day this weekend. We on-boarded several new members, completed several Trello Cards, and collaborated with the Design and Marketing teams to develop the plan for our front-end lesson plan site.

A photo of WordCamp US 2018 Contributor day. Image Credit to @harryjackson1221
WordCamp US 2018 Contributor Day. Image Credit @harryjackson1221

Call for Your Comments

One of the largest-scope discussions involved the development of our WordPress.org front-end site. Currently, our dedicated URL is learn.wordpress.org, but a proposal was made to change to teach.wordpress.org.

The reasoning behind the proposal is that our content is in fact focused on how to teach WordPress topics, rather than learning. We’d like to open the discussion on this since it will be a rather large change. Please make a comment on this post with your feedback on the proposal so that we can discuss it in our upcoming meetings.

GitHub Restructuring

As we collaborated with the Meta team with the goal of translating our Lesson Plans in GitHub to the front-end, we reached the conclusion that a restructuring of our repositories will be needed.

In order for the front-end to be most easily kept up-to-date, as well as provide a mechanism for a final editorial review before content is published, a new master repository will be created with individual lesson plans as submodules within it. This will allow our current workflow to remain mostly unchanged, and the Team Leads can perform an editorial review before pulling into the master repo. @jessecowens has volunteered to spearhead this project.


We’d like to welcome all of the new contributors and recognize the experienced contributors who volunteered their Sunday to join the team! @rbailey10 @davidneeham @learnwithchloe @winternetweb @juliekuehl @jessecowens @davidbgreen @dabrattoli @sunsand187

Help Wanted

We’re still looking for folks who have the time and expertise for a few vital roles in the Training Team:

  • Taking notes from team meetings.
  • HTML- and CSS-proficient writers who can develop new Slide Decks for lesson plans.
  • Instructional designers or educators familiar with Bloom’s Taxonomy.
  • Wrangling the team’s style guide.

Priority Projects Moving into 2019

  1. Finish the copy and design of the learn.wordpress.org (or teach!) and deliver it to the Meta Team.
  2. Clean up the Training Team Handbook with the vision of creating a one-stop-shop for new contributors.
  3. Identify priority lesson plans to highlight on learn.wordpress.org when it goes live.

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