“TIFFANY TALKS TOASTMASTERS!” – BLOG #4 (OCTOBER 2017)
“The NEW Pathways Program”
For years, we have been hearing talk about a NEW Toastmasters Educational Program and how it was going to change our world. Well, the time has finally come and District 30 will transition into the Pathways educational program starting February 2018. This change will allow for continued growth and development of our members. I cannot wait to dive into this program and all that it has to offer! With the Pathways rollout though comes many questions and I am happy to answer some of those.
“Why is the Toastmasters 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 and to renew its focus on learning in the leadership track. The traditional education program had served Toastmasters for many years but the communication track hadn’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. It is a modernized learning experience suited to our changing global society. Pathways 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.
“How will the new Pathways program benefit me?”
The benefits to our members are many and include:
- A learning experience tailored to your personal and professional goals
- The opportunity to develop 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
“Are my achievements in the traditional education program still relevant in Pathways? Will the work I have done towards an education award transfer to Pathways?”
Your progress toward an award 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—there will be a two-year transition period to allow you the opportunity to complete your work and move over to Pathways. Please note: 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 my past achievements in the traditional education program still be recognized after the Pathways rolls out? “
All educational achievements will remain part of your record with Toastmasters International. The Competent Communicator (CC), Competent Leader (CL) and other awards earned in the traditional education program will always be recognized by the organization. Pathways features 10 paths instead of two educational tracks, which is why designations like CC and CL will not be part of the new program. Pathways features a completely new set of achievement designations check them out here www.toastmasters.org/Education/Pathways/Achievement-Awards
As District 30 gears up for its Pathways rollout this upcoming February, we will be appointing and training a team of Ambassadors and Guides to support every club and member prepare for the new program. This team will be led by our District 30 Chief Ambassador, Valerie Fuson.
The District is here to help all of its members during this transition. I ask all of our members to prepare for a new and exciting journey of personal and professional development through Pathways! This new educational program will help you build the skills you need to communicate and lead. It is comprised of 10 paths that teach more than 300 unique competencies. As you progress through Pathways, you will:
- Practice and improve your communication and leadership skills.
- Give speeches in your club based on assignments in Pathways.
- Challenge yourself to build and refine certain competencies and skills.
- Complete a range of projects that include persuasive speaking, motivating others, creating a podcast and leading a group in a difficult situation.
Please feel free to read more about the Pathways program and what you as a member can expect through our District website www.D30toastmasters.org or the Toastmasters International website https://www.toastmasters.org/pathways-overview
I will update you with more information as it becomes available. Don’t forget that if you are a District 30 member interested in helping with the rollout of the Pathways program, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest further.
Let’s ROAR with PRIDE together as we embark on this new journey!