WHAT IS PATHWAYS?
Pathways is a new educational program that is being rolled out throughout the entire Toastmasters organisation. Our District should be getting access to this in late 2017. The official title is the Toastmasters Pathways learning experience.
WHY WAS IT DEVELOPED?
In 2010 the Board identified the need to modernise the communication aspect of the educational program and renew the focus on leadership. Additionally, there was a growing need to augment the current program by providing greater access to educational materials, expanded learning resources and an education experience with real-world applications. In short, the goal of the new program is to meet the evolving needs of the members.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE?
There are 10 paths.
· Motivational Strategies
· Strategic Relationships
· Presentation Mastery
· Dynamic Leadership
· Leadership Development
· Persuasive Influence
· Innovative Planning
· Effective Coaching
· Visionary Communication
· Team Collaboration
Each path will have 5 levels of increasing complexity, so that you build on what you have learned from the previous level. All paths have the following levels:
Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
Level 2: Learning Your Style
Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
Level 4: Building Skills
Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise
There is a minimum of 14 assignments which will be a mix of required and elective assignments. There is a wide spectrum of topics.
Path recognition is achieved when a member completes 14 projects across all 5 levels – a combination of 10 required projects and 4 elective projects. Each project includes at least 1 speech. You do have the option of completing as many elective projects as you like.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A PATH?
You start with an assessment of your skills, interests and goals. This assessment will recommend a learning path that best fits your responses, but you are free to choose another path.
IS IT ONLINE?
You can work online or in print. Online does have some additional advantages – such as interactive quizzes, activities and information. Some learning paths may be limited in print materials. You can print the online materials.
WHERE DO I ACCESS ONLINE MATERIALS?
Base Camp. A user friendly site, that is easy and intuitive to use. Here you will find: Projects, Resources, Transcripts, Videos, Tips and Tools plus more. You can work on projects, connect with members of your club and view badges and certificates you’ll earn along the way. This is also where the Base Camp Managers will track and approve your progress.
WHAT ABOUT MY WORK IN THE CURRENT PROGRAM?
Once Pathways has been rolled out to EVERY DISTRICT, you will then have a two year grace period to complete any projects you wish from the current program, and then move over to Pathways.
WILL CLUB MEETINGS CHANGE?
No, the format of the club meeting will stay the same as in centred on speeches, table topics, evaluations and meeting roles.
WHAT ABOUT THE DISTINGUISHED CLUB PROGRAM?
The 6 educational goals will be replaced by 6 new educational goals. There will be a transition period.
WILL THERE STILL BE A DTM?
Yes. The new requirements will be: complete 2 learning paths; serve as club officer for 12 months; serve as a club mentor or coach; serve as club sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership program; serve as District officer for 12 months; complete the capstone DTM project (create and implement a project of your own design, demonstrating skills and expertise gained.)
WHAT HELP CAN I GET?
A trained Pathway guide will be assigned to each club to help you every step of the way. There will also be training and information courses for clubs.
FOR MORE DETAILS CONTACT:
PATHWAYS chief AMBASSADOR - Jan vecchio DTM
Read Jan's article she wrote for us HERE.
Look out for the PATHWAYS session on Sunday 12 November after the Semi Annual Conference in Mittagong on 10 & 11 November.