Announcement: Updates to team meeting times

The Training Team has been discussing switching from meeting times that alternate each week to having just one set of consistent meeting times that don’t change. Thank you to everyone who provided input.


Starting July 10th (Mon), the Training team will be conducting four meetings each week at these times:

  • Global Team Meeting: Tuesdays at 07:00 UTC
  • APAC Coffee Hour: To be decided
  • Dev-squad GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. Triage Session: Thursdays at 07:00 UTC
  • EMEA/Americas Coffee Hour: Fridays at 13:00 UTC

The official meeting calendar, the team handbook, the Welcome message on the team blog, and the sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. waidgets, have all been update to reference these new times.

For reference, here is a list of when the next meetings will be held, shown in your local time:

  • Global Team Meeting: Tuesday, 07:00.
  • APAC Coffee Hour: still to be decided
    • Fill out this form with times you’d be able to attend. Form submission will close on July 21st, and the APAC Coffee Hours will resume from the week of July 24th.
  • Dev-squad GitHub Triage Session: Thursday, 07:00
  • EMEA/Americas Coffee Hour: Friday, 13:00.


Here is more information about how each of these meetings are conducted:

  • Global Team Meeting – 1 hour
    • Text-based meeting in the #training channel in Slack where we cover news, project updates, and other discussion topics.
    • The agenda will be created in GitHub and shared in the #training Slack channel by Monday each week.
    • Anyone can contribute to discussions asynchronously, and meeting notes will be published by the end of each week.
  • Coffee Hours – 1 hour
    • Video-based social chats. You can also attend with audio only, or via text in the SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at thread that will be created at the time of the meeting.
    • There is no formal agenda. These are designed for team members to connect with each other, and are also great opportunities to ask questions about contributing to the team.
    • The Zoom link will be shared in the #training Slack channel at the time of the meeting each week.
  • Dev-squad GitHub Triage Session – 30 minutes
    • Text-based meeting in the #meta-learn channel in Slack where we triage pull requests and issues regarding Learn WordPress website development.
    • The triage session’s focus is to help move GitHub issues forward. We will not be reviewing/verifying code, but instead reaching out to the issue submitters, helping them move their requests forward.


Expertise needed: Learn how to vet content topic ideas for the Training Team

Summary: The Training Team is looking for community members to join the team as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)! SMEs lend their expertise by vetting content topic ideas and becoming sounding boards for the Content Creators that develop content. We’ll be hosting Online Workshops to demonstrate these tasks and answer any questions.

Online Workshop: How to vet content topic ideas for the WordPress Training Team

Both workshops will cover the same content. (Learn WordPress) is the WordPress project’s official learning platform. Contributors from all around the world create new content for Learn WordPress regularly.

Before a piece of content is created, the topic of that content is vetted for accuracy and relevance. Learning objectives are set, and related resources are collected. These tasks are completed by the team’s Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). SMEs may also be contacted by Content Creators as the content is being developed, assisting by providing additional information to create accurate and informative content.

If you are interested in sharing your expertise and contributing to the Training Team as an SME, then great! Come join one of the Online Workshops mentioned at the top of this posts, where we’ll walk you through the tasks of an SME and answer any questions you may have.

To get the most out of these Online Workshops, make sure you have:


Recap Notes for January 25, 2022

Slack Log (Requires SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at login to view. Set one up if you don’t have a Slack account.)

The agenda for the meeting can be found here

Introductions and Welcome

In attendance: @azhiyadev @webtechpooja @webcommsat @rkohilakis @arasae @kemmy99 @courane01 @boogah @nalininonstopnewsuk @meher @tantienhime

Welcoming the newcomers joining the team (Slack usernames): @Rahul Harkhani @Pobon Paul @mitchblue


Meeting Notetakers

(@Makinde Ruth Oluwakemi) volunteered to take today’s meeting notes.

We are also looking for team members interested in taking notes on the following dates:

  • February 1 – @kemmy99
  • February 8 – @kemmy99
  • February 15 – Notetaker required
  • February 22 – Notetaker required

@kemmy99 requested a change to the dates she’s committed to as she will not be available on the 15th and 22nd.

WordPress 5.9

WordPress 5.9 releases today. Many thanks for those who have participated in content, testing, and more for this release.

Just want to say a big thank you to the whole training team for the great FSE trainings.


During this sprint, @webcommsat has supported @azhiyadev and @courane01 to get a list of the contributions and the details to include in the 5.9 list. There is a draft post summarizing the discussion on social posts, especially FSE, waiting to be published today. The link was posted in marketing to a preview earlier today if anyone wants to read it early. There is still an opportunity for people to continue working on the social media items for 5.9.

Information sources
@webcommsat has published the post to try and get it into this meeting, and thanks to @annezazu for reviewing the post. This post gives links at the top to where in training, marketing and for marcomms for the release, we can find the source of information. Anne has written some really excellent support documents. @webcommsat said she was really pleased to suggest we include some of them in the news post for the release too. These documents will really help teams working on 5.9 materials.

Contributor Days

Yoast 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 There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. February 4

#marketing team will have a virtual table for the Yoast Contributor day. During this time, contributors will work on social media materials promoting content on LearnWP. All are welcome to attend.  We will be there to assist. As this is a hybrid event, it spans largely the EMEA timezone.

@nalininonstopnewsuk asked if it could be billed as a marketing and training joint table as it shows externally how we collaborate. This has been referred to @yvettesonneveld

WCEU 2022 Contributor Day, 2-4 June

We’ve been asked by organizers of WCEU 2022 if we will have any attendees in-person to help staff a training team contributor session. @webcommsat has sent some questions to the organizers on behalf of #marketing, this might help #training as well. These have been referred to @josearcos:

  • Do you have anymore information on what the format will be for WCEU contributor day this year for the teams please? In-person only, one dedicated day, the date?
  • What are the expectations for what help / participation you will need from the Marketing Team?
  • When do you also need to know by?
  • Will there be any pre-record items needed?

If we have team members planning to attend, now, or closer to the date, let us know if you’d like to help organize.

Training Team Goals 2022

A reminder that we’ve got some big goals for the year ahead. Please do make some time to scan through this overview. We’ll begin work on some of the March goals as soon as next week.

Feedback required

Due to the work in 5.9 content, these posts will be considered further next week. We can leave the discussion open and evolving for now.

  1. Social Learning Spaces (SLS) streaming platforms
  2. Learn WordPress version taxonomy

@Hugh Lashbrooke has drafted a new handbook page for the SLS streaming platforms. This may still be open for comments:

  • @nalininonstopnewsuk would like to suggest a reword to the introduction
  • @webcommsat questioned the following, her understanding of this means that slides should not have any footer/ mention of who has created them or presenting them? Is this different from a speaker at a Word Camp who might be presenting their own materials and therefore could be adding their social media link to slide footers?

For the sake of clarity, “logo” here includes company social media handles and even the company name written out in plain text in lieu of a logo.

APAC meeting

This Thursday we ran our first APAC friendly meeting. @webtechpooja provided an update on how it went which was positive. The recap of the meeting has been published. The next meeting will be held on January 27, 11:30 UTC.


With the release of 5.9 scheduled for this month, all our efforts have been focused on updating Learn.


The following lesson plans have been published:

  1. Difference between Reusable Blocks, Block Pattern, Templates, Template Parts (this will also need a workshop)
  2. How to Create and Register a Block Pattern (already has a workshop)
  3. How to Create Low-Code Block Patterns

This week’s content has been created by@webtechpooja and @courane01

This week’s content has been reviewed by @courane01 @rkohilakis @west7 @azhiyadev @arasae @jeffr0

Unrelated to the Sprint @topher1kenboe has published a workshop
Making a Plugin Inside the Dashboard.

As we work towards merging lesson plans and workshops it is important that we get workshops in parity with lesson plans. We can add those into the priorities for the February sprint, alongside the yearly goals as well.

Yes, they are now Live on Learn.

Instructions on reviewing and producing new content are listed in the  January 2022 Sprint post. If you get stuck, just drop us a message in Slack. If you would like to volunteer to do proofreading, please leave a comment on the January 2022 Sprint or in the #training Slack channel.

We’ve noted that we need to link up the Sprint and TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the team uses for example: further. Please ensure you are using and commenting on both for this time. As we work toward GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. projects vs Trello, this may resolve itself.


  1. What did you commit to last week?
  2. What did you do?
  3. Any blockers?
  4. What will you do next week?


  • 1 and 2 – working on Template Parts lesson plans
  • 3 – other work project & updating FSE course part 1 based on on feedback received
  • 4 – Template parts lesson plans (edited) 

@kemmy99 finished working on lesson plans, waiting for the review

  • @webcommsat will pick this up for review but @azhiyadev noted that there is already a existing lesson plan that would render this one redundant. To be determined if this should be Creating a Static Page Template.


  • 1 – Committed to work upon 2 lesson plan
  • 2 – Published a lesson plan on difference between reusable blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience., block patterns, template and template parts
  • 3 – Time is the only blocker
  • 4 – Will work on Dual tone lesson plan this week


  • 1 – More content in lesson plans and workshops for 5.9, close the 2 posts on SLS + TaxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format.
  • 2 – Onboard proofreaders, multiple lesson plans + workshops (with captioning), assist #marketing with release content, report various #meta bugs, log bugs discovered while writing lesson plans, assist with testing said bugs for RC4
  • 3 – Time
  • 4 – Keep working on 5.9 related content, compare Jan sprint with Trello, assist with creating the Feb sprint, get some extra sleep.


  • 1 – General support to training and helping with joint working with marketing and the release
  • 2 – Supporting training on gathering and sharing of list of contributors who have contributed to 5.9, answering queries and signposting. Follow-up session for training and marketing and notes
  • 3 – Time. More documentation needed, but we need to be mindful of the time this takes and number of contributors available in the current pandemic
  • 4 – Continue to help with 5.9 materials and other items in the sprint


  • 1 – Supporting proofing of courses as they came through in the sprint.
  • 2 – Added comments to these in the last week.
  • 3 – Unsure of what is available and sometimes in circles with which section of documentation to read. AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( is an ongoing issue though this is for all of the project
  • 4 – More of the proofing and suggestions. It would help to understand when items are ready and if the published ones are complete.

February 2022 Sprint

We’ll draft this in time for next week’s meeting. We will still be spending time on 5.9 content and will cross-check this against our team goals for 2022.

Open Discussions

Join @azhiyadev @bph @jcasabona @schutzsmith and Matt Medeiros on Twitter Spaces for WPMinute on Monday January 31 at 8pm UTC. They will be discussing Learning WordPress. If you want to speak then you will need to use your phone to join in the conversation

If you do swing by #core during the release, please remember a “radio silence” as they work to ship this. After the post is live on, you are eagerly welcome to share the news. Generally, once you see it announced in #announcements you can go ahead and publicize it. On the bottom of the About Page in 5.9, a link to Learn will appear. As we come to a close – well-done everyone! This is the first time as a team we’ve worked to get content out alongside a release.

@webcommsat and @marybaum have done an amazing job on all things MarComms.  We’ll have a few more resources to help you share about the release over the next week.

And finally – any holidays or special occasions coming up you’d like to share? India celebrates Republic Day on January 26.

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