What is Pathways?
Pathways is Toastmasters' revitalized education program, designed to provide members improved opportunities to learn and grow, The program offers 10 learning paths tailored to personal and professional goals, new technological resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles, mobile access to educational materials (smartphones and tablets), expanded video and digital content to facilitate learning among our global community of members.
What are the 10 paths?
- Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
- Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
- Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
- Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
- Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
- Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
- Dynamic Leadership: Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
- Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
- Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
- Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills
What is a path?
Every path has required and elective projects. Path recognition is achieved when a member completes 14 projects across all 5 levels — a combination of 10 required projects and 4 elective projects chosen from a comprehensive list covering a variety of subjects. Each project includes at least one speech.
What is a level?
Every path is made up of five levels of increasing complexity. The program is designed this way so you’re always building on what you learned in the previous level. All learning paths contain the following levels:
- Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
- Level 2: Learning Your Style
- Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
- Level 4: Building Skills
- Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise
Where can I find more information about each project of a path?
To assist you in selecting your Path, a detailed description of the Paths available to you is provided here. Explore the projects and speeches within each path by clicking on the Path that interests you. There is also a path overview pdf file here.
Why is the education program changing?
In the 2010 strategic plan, the Toastmasters Board of Directors called for the education program to be revitalized. The Board stressed the need to modernize the communication track as well as renew the focus on leadership learning in the leadership track. The traditional education program has served Toastmasters for many years. However, much of the communication track hasn’t been updated since the 1970s. The Toastmasters Pathways learning experience is not a departure from the current program, because it builds on the established educational foundation. Pathways is a modernized learning experience suited to our changing global society. It offers you more benefits and more opportunities to learn, grow and meet personal and professional goals. You now have the opportunity to develop additional skills you can use not just in your club, but at your job or in your community as well.
Why is Pathways valuable to you?
The many benefits to members will include a learning experience tailored to your personal and professional goals, the opportunity to develop many skills relevant to an evolving global marketplace, recognition of educational achievements that will come earlier and more frequently, new technological resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles, online access to educational materials, videos that model the skills you are learning.
Will the traditional education program maintained?
Once Pathways has rolled in out every region, there will be a two-year transition period in which the traditional education program and Pathways will operate simultaneously.
Should I continue the traditional program or start Pathways?
If you sign up to Pathways, you will be able to compare the two programs and decide which one you prefer to do. The two programs will run simoultanously during a two-year transition period, after which only Pathways will be available. During a meeting you can get credit for either the traditional program or for Pathways.
Will the work done toward an education award in the traditional program transfer to Pathways?
Your progress toward awards in the traditional education program won’t be transferable to Pathways because the projects and structure of learning in the programs are different. However, you still have plenty of time to complete awards you are working toward. When Pathways rolls out into the last two regions—Regions 8 and 9—there will be a two-year transition period to allow you the opportunity to complete your work and move over to Pathways. Any service you have completed as a club or district leader that has not been applied toward an award can be used to fulfill your next education award in the traditional education program or Pathways (including club leadership, district leadership, club sponsor, club mentor, club coach, Youth Leadership Program and Speechcraft).
Will achievements in the traditional education program still be recognized after Pathways rolls out?
All educational achievements will remain part of your record with Toastmasters International. Competent Communication (CC), Competent Leadership (CL) and other awards earned in the traditional education program will always be recognized by the organization.
How will club meetings change?
Pathways will not change the way club meetings are conducted.
Is Pathways only available online?
Pathways gives you the flexibility to learn online or in print. Using Base Camp—Pathways’ online learning management system—you’ll have access to engaging learning tools, including videos, interactive quizzes and activities, feedback and recognition, useful tips and more. If you prefer to work with material printed by Toastmasters International, select paths are available in full-color, professionally bound materials, however you have to pay extra printing and shipping fee and wait for your material to be shipped in 3 installments.
What is Base Camp?
Base Camp is your online gateway to Pathways, where you will find everything you need on your journey. Here you can work on projects, track your progress, connect with members of your club and view badges and certificates you’ll earn along the way. Base Camp also features resources to help guide you, including videos, quizzes, interactive activities and more.
Why do pop-ups need to be enabled?
It is common configuration for learning management systems and other websites to open additional content in new windows. Often, these new windows are recognized as pop-ups by your web browser. Because projects, tutorials, and resources on Base Camp all open in new windows, your pop-up blockers must be turned off so your browser does not prevent you from accessing them. Most browsers give instructions on how to do it when pop-ups are about to appear.
Who are Base Camp Managers, and what is their role?
The vice president education (VPE) will assume the role of Base Camp manager. The Base Camp manager helps facilitate your progress by verifying your education, approving requests and more. In the event a VPE isn’t able to perform these duties, or if a club does not have a VPE, the Base Camp manager responsibilities will be fulfilled by the club president or club secretary. The central responsibilities of the Base Camp manager include approving speeches outside the club, verifying level completion, tracking member progress, verifying project completion for members using printed materials.
Is Easy-speak adapted to Pathways?
Yes. When you request a speech, choose the path and project from the dropdown menu that corresponds to the path you are following.
What recognitions are there in Pathways?
In Pathways, your achievements are acknowledged frequently because recognition increases motivation. You’ll earn digital badges and certificates as you progress through a path. When you complete your path(s), you receive the accolade of Proficient, signifying your demonstrated expertise. You can complete the Pathways Mentor Program and earn a credential. Those looking for more to achieve can explore the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM) and the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
What are the requirements for earning DTM in Pathways?
Complete two unique learning paths, serve as a club officer for 12 months, serve as a club mentor or coach, serve as a club sponsor or conduct a Speechcraft or Youth Leadership program, derve as a district officer for one year, complete the DTM project.
What are the costs associated with Pathways?
Your regular membership dues cover the cost of your first path, however, if you choose the printed materials option for your path, there is a $25 printing fee. The cost for an additional path is $20, and if you elect to work in printed materials, the $25 printing fee also applies. If you are working in one path and decide to switch to another path, you do not need to pay an additional $20 as long as you make the exchange within 30 days of the original purchase. The $25 fee you pay for a path with printed materials is not refundable. Remember: you can always print out copies of the Pathways materials on your own, at no charge. If you are enrolled in Pathways online, you can print out any of the materials on Base Camp.
How many free paths do members get?
The first path is free for every member. You are eligible for a maximum of two free paths if you belong to more than one club. To qualify for a second free path, you must already be a member of multiple clubs when Pathways rolls out in your region. Joining additional clubs after Pathways is available to you will not qualify you for a second free path.
What are the requirements to compete in the International speech contest?
A member must have completed six speech projects in the Competent Communicator manual or a minimum of two levels within a path in Pathways.
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