Pathways Update – June 2017


Fellow Members,

The Pilot of Pathways in District 57 (California) and District 27 (Washington DC) are both going well! Enrolments in Pathways continue, and more members are earning new awards while many are continuing to complete awards in the current program. D51 (Malysia) started the last week of May, so there is plenty of excitement in our new program.

Here in District 22, we are looking at a change to the rollout schedule.

  • Region 14 – target: late July
  • Region 2 – target: mid-September
  • Regions 6 & 7 – target: November
  • Other regions (including Region 3 and our District) – target: 2018

With this information, we are continuing our preparation for the early 2018 roll-out. In our continuing efforts to help keep members informed, I’m including some new information in this FAQ, including news about the Pathways Guides program, as well as including the previous FAQ questions I published back in July, November, December and March (I’m including all FAQ entries into this post so there is just one post).

Note: This is a long post due to all of the questions and answers included. Also, there are links throughout the post to TI resources on the http://www.toastmasters.org website.

What is Pathways

What is Pathways?

As the foundation of your Toastmasters experience, Pathways is designed to help you build the competencies you need to communicate and lead. It’s a modernized learning experience suited to our changing global society. You’ll 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.

Here’s a link to the introductory Video on Pathways 

Is the new program still called the REP?

No. Revitalized Education Program (REP) was the name of the project to bring us our new education program. The new name is the Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience, or simply Pathways.

How is is different from our current program?

What are the benefits of the new program?

  • 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

What is a learning path?

Each member will take an assessment which will help determine which path will best help you reach your goals. For instance, as a Project Manager the assessment (I helped with the pilot) directed me toward Persuasive Influence or Team Collaboration. Each path contains 14 projects across 5 levels. Each level has 2-3 projects, and in levels 3-5 there are electives to choose from so you can customize the more advanced topics.

Do you have an example project?

Why yes, we do. Click here to view the new Ice Breaker project. Note: You must log into TI’s website for this link to work. Once you’re in, click the “Begin” arrow to start.

When do we see Pathways in D22?

Have the dates for the rollout changed? (NEW)

Yes. We’re now looking at early 2018 for our rollout in District 22 (as part of Region 3).

Do we have firm dates for the rollout here in D22? (NEW)

Not firm. The first two districts (D57 in California, D27 in Washington DC) have been working in Pathways for a couple of months now, and D51 has recently started. After the first region rollouts begin in July, we should see a more firm schedule. I now expect to have more details in time for the Fall 2017 conference.

As part of Region 3, we’re in the second to last group to get the new program, which means this will be well vetted by more than 60 other districts globally before we roll it out.

How will this affect me and my club?

What will change about my club meeting?

Pathways was designed to keep club meetings at the center of your Toastmasters experience. The biggest changes you’ll experience are the new opportunities to grow more skills and master additional competencies. You can still expect the same support from your fellow club members and the familiar structure of your club meetings.

Should I keep working on my CC (or other award)?

Yes. All awards received will remain valid, and any awards in work through June 2020 (possibly later) can still be submitted for credit and will be recognized as they are today.  TI HQ has confirmed that club officer roles, district service, and club support completed before the new system rolls out can be applied in the Pathways program (as long as they were not submitted for an award in the current program).

Will my CC translate to a new path?

On the flip side of the previous question, no. A DTM will still be a DTM, but a CC/ACB etc. will not translate to a new Pathways award. However, the skills you learn will still apply, and will make your progress in the new system easier.

How will we get Pathways in D22?

How will we accomplish a smooth rollout?

In addition to the ambassador team, and your district support team, TI will be adding Pathway Guides as trained volunteers from in our district to support our clubs and members with the transition.

What are the Pathway Guides?

The Pathway Guides will work with the Chief Ambassador and Program Quality Director to serve as the first point of contact at the club level to help onboard our members seamlessly. Pathway Guides will visit clubs and work with the club’s Vice President Education to support the transition.

What is the timeline for the Pathway Guides, and who are they?

Pathway Guides will serve for six months, starting about two months before the scheduled rollout. For doing this important task, each Pathway Guide will receive credit for district office equivalent to serving 12 months as an Area Director (i.e. credit toward your DTM in either the current or new program). Who are the Guides for D22? They haven’t been selected yet. At our Winter TLIs, we’ll put out the call for volunteers. Rob and Clarice will collect names and qualifications, and Clarice (our Program Quality Director) will be responsible for selecting the 13-15 Guides we’ll have representing D22.

More info on Paths

Do I have to follow the path I’m recommended to follow?

No, your path is your path. The recommendation is there to help you get the most out of the program, but it’s still your program.

What are the 10 paths?

Motivational Strategies
Presentation Mastery
Leadership Development
Innovative Planning
Visionary Communication
Strategic Relationships
Dynamic Leadership
Persuasive Influence
Effective Coaching
Team Collaboration

Will I have to store my evaluations on-line?

No. The option will be there but it is not required.

Can I change paths after I start?

Yes. As I understood it you can change paths within 30 days. (TI has updated this answer since December, when I posted you could change before finishing level 2)

Can I skip ahead to the next level in my path?

No. You’ll have to complete the skills in one level before you begin using them and learing new skills in the next level.

How long do I have to complete my path?

Toastmasters Pathways is a self-paced program. You are not required to complete your path in a specific amount of time. Move at your own pace to achieve your communication and leadership goals. Your path never expires.

The on-line environment – Called Base Camp

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.

How will I access this Basecamp once the rollout occurs?

You will be using your current login to the Toastmasters.org site. If you haven’t tried that lately, go to www.toastmasters.org and choose login. if you don’t know your userid and/or password, select “forgot password” and input your e-mail address to get it reset.

Do I have to do it all on-line?

No. The entire program will be available on-line, but you will have options for using printed materials. In the pilot some of us participated in, it was very easy to print out evaluation sheets for use in the club.

What are the benefits of experiencing Pathways on Base Camp vs printed materials?

Base Camp gives you a more robust learning experience. You can access your path online from anywhere with an internet connection, choose from all ten available paths, watch videos, complete activities and quizzes, download printable versions of your projects and resources, store your speech evaluations, give feedback to members of your club and earn badges.

Printed materials are shipped from Toastmasters International World Headquarters. You have less path options and cannot view the videos or complete the activities and quizzes on your path. You can log in to Base Camp to see your path completion badges, print certificates and download and print resources.

How will members of multiple clubs use Base Camp?

You will assigne a “home club” to your profile in Pathways. For members of one club (about 90% of our members) that will be a one-time setting. If you’re also in a second club (i.e and advanced club) then you’ll have to set your home club to the second club before those meetings, and set it back afterwards. From the demo it looked to be an easy setting to change as needed.

How the recognition translates from the existing program to Pathways

How do I get a DTM in the new program?

Complete 2 learning paths (~14 projects each)
One year as a Club Officer (could be 2 six month terms)
Serve as a Club Mentor of Coach
Serve as Club Sponsor, or conduct a Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
One year as a District Officer (or six months as a Pathways Guide)
Complete a Capstone DTM project

How will the DCP (Distinguished Club Program) translate?

Two CCs – Four Level 1s (3 projects each)
Two more CCs – Two Level 2s
One AC – Two more Level 2s
One more AC – Two Level 3s
One CL/AL/DTM – One Level 4
One more CL/AL/DTM – One Level 5

Other Questions

Is there an Interpretive Reading project in Pathways?

From TI (just this week): Pathways does not have interpretive reading projects at this time. However; projects can be adapted to include interpretive reading.

Do I have to stop any work in the existing program if I want to start a new path in Pathways?

No. You can work in both programs simultaneously during the 2-year transition period. However, the materials for the current program can’t be used for Pathways projects, and the Pathways materials can’t be used for the current program.

Will the new system integrate with Free Toast Host (FTH), Easy-Speak or any other scheduling system?

Right now the answer is no, and I’m not aware of any plans to do that integration before or during the roll-out. Pathways was not designed as a meeting scheduling system, but as a member you will be able to see your individual accomplishments in the system.

How will TI help us with the transition? 

  1. Additional training timed 60 days prior to the roll-out
  2. Pathway Guides (new role alongside the Ambassadors) to provide club support (mentioned above)
  3. Information on the TI website and Toastmasters Magazine throughout the process
  4. Specific Pathways FAQ on TI’s site

Is there more info?

Yes I’ll continue post more information in the blog and on the Facebook page.

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District 22 Spring Conference 2017 – Update

– posted April 2017 by Cindi Thiry and V.J. Bhakta from Aerospeech Talk Club

Calling on all District 22 Toastmasters!

Have you heard the word?!  The time is nearing!  The Spring Conference is coming! The Spring Conference is coming!

The District 22 Spring Conference is April 28th and 29th in Wichita, KS (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Airport).  With the theme of ‘All Systems Go’, we are well underway with planning a fantastic conference for you!!

Many thanks to those who have already registered.  We are off to a great start so far with the numbers attending – don’t worry, there’s still time to register!!

As we are part of the planning committee, we are privy to some of the great events that are coming up.  However, for the Friday fun night event on Friday evening, we have no clue as we are first timers ourselves!  Our counter-parts on the committee, Gina Rice, ACB, CL (Haworth-Wichita Club) and Marianne Lee, DTM (Semi Pro Toastmasters Club) have taken on this immense assignment of planning this fun and exciting event!!  You don’t want to miss out!

The agenda for Saturday will be equally energizing as we will have the opportunity to see Ed Bick, DTM, Past International President of Toastmasters, presenting.  The contests and educational sessions will be in full swing as well – we have some great Toastmasters showcasing their talents!

You can still register using the link below – don’t wait any longer!

https://spring2017d22toastmasters.eventbrite.com

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Pathways Update – March 2017


Fellow Members,

The Pilot of Pathways in District 57 (California) is going well! Enrolments into Pathways continue, and some members are earning new awards while many are continuing to complete awards in the current program.

Here in District 22, we are continuing our preparation for the 2017 roll-out of the new educational program. To help keep you informed, I’m including some new information in this FAQ, including news about the Pathways Guides program, as well as including the previous FAQ questions I published back in July, November and December (I’m including all FAQ entries into this post so there is just one post).

Note: This is a long post due to all of the questions and answers included. Also, there are links throughout the post to TI resources on the http://www.toastmasters.org website.

What is Pathways

What is Pathways?

As the foundation of your Toastmasters experience, Pathways is designed to help you build the competencies you need to communicate and lead. It’s a modernized learning experience suited to our changing global society. You’ll 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.

Here’s a link to the introductory Video on Pathways (NEW)

Is the new program still called the REP?

No. Revitalized Education Program (REP) was the name of the project to bring us our new education program. The new name is the Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience, or simply Pathways.

How is is different from our current program?

What are the benefits of the new program?

  • 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

What is a learning path?

Each member will take an assessment which will help determine which path will best help you reach your goals. For instance, as a Project Manager the assessment (I helped with the pilot) directed me toward Persuasive Influence or Team Collaboration. Each path contains 14 projects across 5 levels. Each level has 2-3 projects, and in levels 3-5 there are electives to choose from so you can customize the more advanced topics.

Do you have an example project? (NEW)

Why yes, we do. Click here to view the new Ice Breaker project. Note: You must log into TI’s website for this link to work. Once you’re in, click the “Begin” arrow to start.

When do we see Pathways in D22?

Have the dates for the 2017 rollout changed?

No.

Do we have firm dates for the rollout here in D22?

Not yet. The first district (D57 in California) is working in Pathways now, and D27 in Washington DC is rolling out the program in March. After the first 3 districts (including D51 next) are on board, and the next region rollouts begin, we should see a more firm schedule. I still expect to have some better details in time for the Spring 2017 conference.

As part of Region 3, we’re in the second to last group to get the new program, which means this will be well vetted by more than 60 other districts globally before we roll it out.

How will this affect me and my club?

What will change about my club meeting?

Pathways was designed to keep club meetings at the center of your Toastmasters experience. The biggest changes you’ll experience are the new opportunities to grow more skills and master additional competencies. You can still expect the same support from your fellow club members and the familiar structure of your club meetings.

Should I keep working on my CC (or other award)?

Yes. All awards received will remain valid, and any awards in work through 2019 (possibly through June 2020) can still be submitted for credit and will be recognized as they are today.  TI HQ has confirmed that club officer roles, district service, and club support completed before the new system rolls out can be applied in the Pathways program (as long as they were not submitted for an award in the current program).

Will my CC translate to a new path?

On the flip side of the previous question, no. A DTM will still be a DTM, but a CC/ACB etc. will not translate to a new Pathways award. However, the skills you learn will still apply, and will make your progress in the new system easier.

How will we get Pathways in D22?

How will we accomplish a smooth rollout?

In addition to the ambassador team, and your district support team, TI will be adding Pathway Guides as trained volunteers from in our district to support our clubs and members with the transition.

What are the Pathway Guides?

The Pathway Guides will work with the Chief Ambassador and Program Quality Director to serve as the first point of contact at the club level to help onboard our members seamlessly. Pathway Guides will visit clubs and work with the club’s Vice President Education to support the transition.

What is the timeline for the Pathway Guides, and who are they?

Pathway Guides will serve for six months, starting about two months before the scheduled rollout. For doing this important task, each Pathway Guide will receive credit for district office equivalent to serving 12 months as an Area Director (i.e. credit toward your DTM in either the current or new program). Who are the Guides for D22? They haven’t been selected yet. At our Winter TLIs, we’ll put out the call for volunteers. Rob and Clarice will collect names and qualifications, and Clarice (our Program Quality Director) will be responsible for selecting the 13-15 Guides we’ll have representing D22.

More info on Paths

Do I have to follow the path I’m recommended to follow?

No, your path is your path. The recommendation is there to help you get the most out of the program, but it’s still your program.

What are the 10 paths?

Motivational Strategies
Presentation Mastery
Leadership Development
Innovative Planning
Visionary Communication
Strategic Relationships
Dynamic Leadership
Persuasive Influence
Effective Coaching
Team Collaboration

Will I have to store my evaluations on-line?

No. The option will be there but it is not required.

Can I change paths after I start?

Yes. As I understood it you can change paths within 30 days. (TI has updated this answer since December, when I posted you could change before finishing level 2)

Can I skip ahead to the next level in my path?

No. You’ll have to complete the skills in one level before you begin using them and learing new skills in the next level.

How long do I have to complete my path?

Toastmasters Pathways is a self-paced program. You are not required to complete your path in a specific amount of time. Move at your own pace to achieve your communication and leadership goals. Your path never expires.

The on-line environment – Called Base Camp

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.

How will I access this Basecamp once the rollout occurs?

You will be using your current login to the Toastmasters.org site. If you haven’t tried that lately, go to www.toastmasters.org and choose login. if you don’t know your userid and/or password, select “forgot password” and input your e-mail address to get it reset.

Do I have to do it all on-line?

No. The entire program will be available on-line, but you will have options for using printed materials. In the pilot some of us participated in, it was very easy to print out evaluation sheets for use in the club.

What are the benefits of experiencing Pathways on Base Camp vs printed materials?

Base Camp gives you a more robust learning experience. You can access your path online from anywhere with an internet connection, choose from all ten available paths, watch videos, complete activities and quizzes, download printable versions of your projects and resources, store your speech evaluations, give feedback to members of your club and earn badges.

Printed materials are shipped from Toastmasters International World Headquarters. You have less path options and cannot view the videos or complete the activities and quizzes on your path. You can log in to Base Camp to see your path completion badges, print certificates and download and print resources.

How will members of multiple clubs use Base Camp?

You will assigne a “home club” to your profile in Pathways. For members of one club (about 90% of our members) that will be a one-time setting. If you’re also in a second club (i.e and advanced club) then you’ll have to set your home club to the second club before those meetings, and set it back afterwards. From the demo it looked to be an easy setting to change as needed.

How the recognition translates from the existing program to Pathways

How do I get a DTM in the new program?

Complete 2 learning paths (~14 projects each)
One year as a Club Officer (could be 2 six month terms)
Serve as a Club Mentor of Coach
Serve as Club Sponsor, or conduct a Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
One year as a District Officer (or six months as a Pathways Guide)
Complete a Capstone DTM project

How will the DCP (Distinguished Club Program) translate?

Two CCs – Four Level 1s (3 projects each)
Two more CCs – Two Level 2s
One AC – Two more Level 2s
One more AC – Two Level 3s
One CL/AL/DTM – One Level 4
One more CL/AL/DTM – One Level 5

Other Questions

Is there an Interpretive Reading project in Pathways?

From TI (just this week): Pathways does not have interpretive reading projects at this time. However; projects can be adapted to include interpretive reading.

Do I have to stop any work in the existing program if I want to start a new path in Pathways?

No. You can work in both programs simultaneously during the 2-year transition period. However, the materials for the current program can’t be used for Pathways projects, and the Pathways materials can’t be used for the current program.

Will the new system integrate with Free Toast Host (FTH), Easy-Speak or any other scheduling system?

Right now the answer is no, and I’m not aware of any plans to do that integration before or during the roll-out. Pathways was not designed as a meeting scheduling system, but as a member you will be able to see your individual accomplishments in the system.

How will TI help us with the transition? (NEW links)

  1. Additional training timed 60 days prior to the roll-out
  2. Pathway Guides (new role alongside the Ambassadors) to provide club support (mentioned above)
  3. Information on the TI website and Toastmasters Magazine throughout the process
  4. Specific Pathways FAQ on TI’s site

Is there more info?

Yes I’ll continue post more information in the blog and on the Facebook page.

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All Systems Go! District 22 Spring Conference 2017

by Cindi Thiry and V.J. Bhakta from Aerospeech Talk Club

Fellow District 22 Toastmasters!

Spring is in the air!!  Wait a minute, so is our District 22 Spring Conference!!!  Coming to you, live from Wichita, KS – the Spring Conference will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Airport on Friday evening, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th!  The theme for this event is “All Systems Go!”

Although we’ve been in Toastmasters for a few years now, we’ve yet to attend a District-wide conference.  As first-timers, we are very excited and energized for this event!  We will be meeting Toastmasters from District 22 and have an opportunity to listen to accomplished speakers.

This conference will be especially exciting as Ed Bick, DTM, Past International President of Toastmasters, will be presenting. We are also looking forward to the International Speech Contest and the Table Topics Contest.  The best of the best from the International Speech Contest will be representing our District in Vancouver!

Do you know who is running for District office? You don’t? Well come see the Candidate Showcase on Friday evening. What about the chance to see three of our District members give speeches in Saturday’s Education Session. This year’s topics include education, leadership and club quality.

Wait there’s more! Saturday, we will get to hear from our Communication and Leadership Award recipient during lunch and that evening, be able to watch the new District Officer induction and the DTM ceremony.

We’ve only scratched the surface, to find out more and register for this fun-filled event click on the link:

https://spring2017d22toastmasters.eventbrite.com

As noted earlier, the theme for this event is “All Systems Go!”  So are you ready to join us?! Go!

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Talk Up Toastmasters 2017

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Starting February 1st, the Toastmasters International Talk Up Toastmasters membership drive begins and runs through March 30th.

Now that the glossy sheen of New Year’s resolutions are firmly behind us, February and March can feel a bit challenging for bringing in guests and new members. Not only are we are in the Talk Up Toastmasters membership drive, we’re also gearing up to complete our Semi-Annual Dues renewal process by the end of March (April 1st deadline).

Is your club bringing in guests and introducing them to the advantages of Toastmasters?

Here are some ideas for getting folks through the door:

Special meetings: Hold “featured topic” meetings for an open house, and publicize it. The name of the speaker is not critical, but the topic should be something that would attract guests. Some examples include, “Professional use of online social media”, “Impress your boss: how to give a status report in 2 minutes or less”, “10 crazy interview questions and how to answer them”, “How to handle your next performance appraisal”, or anything that would resonate with your current and prospective corporate or community audience. The trick here is that your club already has folks that can give these presentations, they just need the encouragement (or maybe just the opportunity). Also, it doesn’t have to be a solo effort. The social media topic could have three 5-7 minute speakers, one for Facebook, one for LinkedIn, and one for Podcasting. Endless Possibilities! Leave us a comment with your ideas!

Publicize in your company newsletter or e-mail blast: Marathon Masters at YRC Freight did this last month and had 5 guests at their open house from that one e-mail. Find out who publishes these at your company or community location, and ask them to put a few lines in there for your club.

Hold a Speechcraft: When your club plans a Speechcraft workshop, you are planning for new members. Speechcraft can serve as the introductory or trial offer for those who need Toastmasters but are reluctant to commit themselves. The Speechcraft Starter Kit (Item 205) contains all the necessary materials for starting and publicizing this speech training workshop, which can be presented during club meetings or as an outside-the-club seminar. How do you turn Speechcraft participants into members? Make them welcome in your meetings. Most important of all, before completing the last session of the Speechcraft, talk with participants and ask them to become members of your club. For more information on Speechcraft, go to www.toastmasters.org/speechcraft.

Here’s the TI flyer for Speechcrafts that you can download and customize.

Here are some more ideas from TI’s website. And here’s the book on Membership Growth.

Look here for 10 Reasons you should Join Toastmasters.

Also, and as we move into Dues renewal season in March, don’t forget this D22 incentive: *Club renews at least 8 members by April 1

Entry into drawing for $25 certificate to district store – 7 clubs will win

Good luck with your next Membership Drive, and don’t forget to always Talk Up Toastmasters!

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Pathways update – December 2016

pathwaysblogpicIn December, we received some new updates to the Pathways rollout plan. This FAQ only covers new information. Information from previous FAQs can be found at this link.

Have the dates for the 2017 rollout changed?

Nope. Right now TI staff is continuing internal testing of Base Camp. In January we’ll be participating in a limited beta test for the Learning Management System (LMS) with a few members here in D22.

Do we have firm dates for the rollout here in D22?

Not yet. The first district (D57 in California) is due to get Pathways in February. After the first 3 districts are on board, and the next region rollouts begin, we should see a more firm schedule. We should have some better details in time for the Spring 2017 conference.

I also received some answers to questions members have asked me, and other Chief Ambassadors:

Will I have to store my evaluations on-line?

No. The option will be there but it is not required.

Can I change paths after I start?

Yes. As I understood it you can change paths during Level 1 or before completing Level 2.

Can I skip ahead to the next level in my path?

No. You’ll have to complete the skills in one level before you begin using them and learing new skills in the next level.

How long do I have to complete my path?

Toastmasters Pathways is a self-paced program. You are not required to complete your path in a specific amount of time. Move at your own pace to achieve your communication and leadership goals. Your path never expires.

How will members of multiple clubs use Base Camp?

You will assigne a “home club” to your profile in Pathways. For members of one club (about 90% of our members) that will be a one-time setting. If you’re also in a second club (i.e and advanced club) then you’ll have to set your home club to the second club before those meetings, and set it back afterwards. From the demo it looked to be an easy setting to change as needed.

Is there an Interpretive Reading project in Pathways?

From TI (just this week): Pathways does not have interpretive reading projects at this time. However; projects can be adapted to include interpretive reading.

Do I have to stop any work in the existing program if I want to start a new path in Pathways?

No. You can work in both programs simultaneously during the 2-year transition period. However, the materials for the current program can’t be used for Pathways projects, and the Pathways materials can’t be used for the current program.

What are the benefits of experiencing Pathways on Base Camp vs printed materials?

Base Camp gives you a more robust learning experience. You can access your path online from anywhere with an internet connection, choose from all ten available paths, watch videos, complete activities and quizzes, download printable versions of your projects and resources, store your speech evaluations, give feedback to members of your club and earn badges.

Printed materials are shipped from Toastmasters International World Headquarters. You have less path options and cannot view the videos or complete the activities and quizzes on your path. You can log in to Base Camp to see your path completion badges, print certificates and download and print resources.

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Pathways update – November 2016

District 22,

We’ve had more information after the 2016 International Convention in August, and a recent webinar (October) for their Chief Ambassadors and District Trios around the world. We are continuing our preparation for the 2017 roll-out of the new educational program. To help keep you informed, I’m including some new information in this FAQ, including news about the Pathways Guides program, as well as including the previous FAQ questions I published back in July.

Have the dates for the 2017 rollout changed?

Not really. We are currently in internal testing with the TI staff. In January there will be a limited beta test for the Learning Management System (LMS), called Basecamp.  This is the name of the environment to be used by members to interface with the program. At the end of January, we’ll pilot the full production system to three districts (27, 51 and 57). Once the pilot is complete, the rollout by regions will commence. We’re still expecting our rollout in D22 to occur in the fall of 2017, likely after next year’s International Convention.

How will we accomplish a smooth rollout?

In addition to the ambassador team, and your district support team, TI will be adding Pathway Guides as trained volunteers from in our district to support our clubs and members with the transition.

What are the Pathway Guides?

The Pathway Guides will work with the Chief Ambassador and Program Quality Director to serve as the first point of contact at the club level to help onboard our members seamlessly. Pathway Guides will visit clubs and work with the club’s Vice President Education to support the transition.

What is the timeline for the Pathway Guides, and who are they?

Pathway Guides will serve for six months, starting about two months before the scheduled rollout. For doing this important task, each Pathway Guide will receive credit for district office equivalent to serving 12 months as an Area Director (i.e. credit toward your DTM in either the current or new program). Who are the Guides for D22? They haven’t been selected yet. At our Winter TLIs, we’ll put out the call for volunteers. Rob and Clarice will collect names and qualifications, and Clarice (our Program Quality Director) will be responsible for selecting the 13-15 Guides we’ll have representing D22.

Will the new system integrate with Free Toast Host (FTH), Easy-Speak or any other scheduling system?

Right now the answer is no, and I’m not aware of any plans to do that integration before or during the roll-out. Pathways was not designed as a meeting scheduling system, but as a member you will be able to see your individual accomplishments in the system.

How will I access this Basecamp once the rollout occurs?

You will be using your current login to the Toastmasters.org site. If you haven’t tried that lately, go to www.toastmasters.org and choose login. if you don’t know your userid and/or password, select “forgot password” and input your e-mail address to get it reset.

Is the new program still called the REP?

No. Revitalized Education Program (REP) was the name of the project to bring us our new education program. The new name is the Toastmasters Pathways Learning Experience.

When will District 22 get Pathways?

We’re slated for the second half of 2017, which is about a year from now. As part of Region 3, we’re in the second to last group to get the new program, which means this will be well vetted by more than 60 other districts globally before we roll it out.

Do I have to do it all on-line?

No. The entire program will be available on-line, but you will have options for using printed materials. In the pilot some of us participated in, it was very easy to print out evaluation sheets for use in the club.

Should I keep working on my CC (or other award)?

Yes. All awards received will remain valid, and any awards in work through 2019 (possibly through June 2020) can still be submitted for credit and will be recognized as they are today. Also, club officer roles, district service, and club support (sponsoring, mentoring or coaching) credit will be applicable in the new paths.

Update 8/1: TI HQ has confirmed that club officer roles, district service, and club support completed before the new system rolls out can be applied in the Pathways program (as long as they were not submitted for an award in the current program).

Will my CC translate to a new path?

On the flip side of the previous question, no. A DTM will still be a DTM, but a CC/ACB etc. will not translate to a new Pathways award. However, the skills you learn will still apply, and will make your progress in the new system easier.

How do I get a DTM in the new program?

Complete 2 learning paths (~14 projects each)
One year as a Club Officer (could be 2 six month terms)
Serve as a Club Mentor of Coach
Serve as Club Sponsor, or conduct a Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
One year as a District Officer (or six months as a Pathways Guide)
Complete a Capstone DTM project

What is a learning path?

Each member will take an assessment which will help determine which path will best help you reach your goals. For instance, as a Project Manager the assessment (I helped with the pilot) directed me toward Persuasive Influence or Team Collaboration. Each path contains 14 projects across 5 levels. each level has 2-3 projects, and in levels 3-5 there are electives to choose from so you can customize the more advanced topics.

Do I have to follow the path I’m recommended to follow?

No, your path is your path. The recommendation is there to help you get the most out of the program, but it’s still your program.

What are the 10 paths?

Motivational Strategies
Presentation Mastery
Leadership Development
Innovative Planning
Visionary Communication
Strategic Relationships
Dynamic Leadership
Persuasive Influence
Effective Coaching
Team Collaboration

How will TI help us with the transition?

Additional training timed 60 days prior to the roll-out
Pathway Guides (new role alongside the Ambassadors) to provide club support
Information on the TI website and Toastmasters Magazine throughout the process

How will the DCP (Distinguished Club Program) translate?

Two CCs – Four Level 1s (3 projects each)
Two more CCs – Two Level 2s
One AC – Two more Level 2s
One more AC – Two Level 3s
One CL/AL/DTM – One Level 4
One more CL/AL/DTM – One Level 5

Is there more info?

Yes I’ll continue post more information in the blog and on the FaceBook page.

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2016 Fall Conference LEADin

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We invite you to join us for a day of camaraderie, competition, learning, laughter and inspiration at the District 22 Fall Conference on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the Ball Conference Center in Olathe. Bring family, bring friends. Bring your club banner.
Come network with fellow Toastmasters from all over District 22, reconnect with friends, and meet new ones. Especially if you are a newer member or a first-time conference attendee, what better opportunity to meet so many fellow Toastmasters at once?
The humorous and evaluation speech contest winners from each division will be competing in the district contests. You’ll have the opportunity to hear great speakers from every division, and cheer on your own division’s contest winners. You can pick up some tips for your own speaking by listening to the evaluations, plus be entertained by the humorous speeches.
The conference theme is LEAD: listen, encourage, appreciate and direct vision. Speakers from around the district will enlighten us on each of these topics during the keynote sessions.
• Appreciative people are happier, healthier and wealthier. You can be one too! Join Springfield Toastmasters’ Uptown Talk member, LaDonna Greiner, as she shares her journey from sudden job loss to author, motivational speaker and coach. Expressing appreciation can transform your life, personally and professionally.

• Maslyn Prosper-Mayberry, CC, ALB, Manhattan Toastmasters: Leader, Mentor, Encourager. Empowering women to live an abundant life; not only for their families, but for themselves. It is imperative to ‘mask ourselves first’ so we can be around to mask others! Living a colourful life gives me a positive return on my investment.

• Eric Fors, II from Jack’s Springfield Speak-EZ, Springfield: As a military dependent and then a missionary kid, Eric was raised in a cross-cultural environment across the US and in the Philippines. The rapid changes in where he lived and attended school obliged him to learn to communicate in a wide variety of contexts starting at a young age. After Eric left college, he joined the US Army and learned his third language, traveled and used foreign language skills to communicate again across cultures. As an IT auditor, working between Information Technology and Accounting professions still provides the challenge of communicating with people who are listening to him from a different context from his own.

• Mary Nord, ACG, ALB from Energizing Voices, Pro-MO and A Taste of Success, Kansas City: It is said an eagle can spot a rabbit from 2 miles away, now that’s direct vision!
Please join Mary Nord a veteran Toastmaster and this year’s Division R Director. Find solutions to direct your own vision for accomplishing an end result you didn’t know was possible.
Please make sure your club is represented at the district council meeting so that we have a quorum to conduct business. If you are a Club President or VP-Education, you are a voting member of the District Council, or you can appoint a club member to carry your proxy. Registration is not required for this meeting — or for the Hall of Fame where we will honor the leaders and outstanding clubs of 2015-16
DEC members should note that the DEC meeting conveniently takes place right before the conference begins, so plan to arrive early and be a part of that meeting.
A lunch buffet with vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options will be available. During lunch, we will hear from the 2016 recipient of the Communication and Leadership Award, Bruce Matthews. Bruce Mathews is a professional photographer, author and publisher. His books, which are intended to give a unique perspective on the history of Kansas City, include Elmwood Cemetery: Stories of Kansas City; The Kansas City Spirit: Stories of Service Above Self; Kansas City’s Historic Union Cemetery: Lessons for the Future, from the Garden of Time, Windows of Kansas City: As Art, History and Inspiration; and Kansas City: Our Collective Memories.
Register through Eventbrite for your ticket today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/district-22-fall-conference-tickets-27292725276
First timers can pay $79 through Oct. 13.  All others, your cost is $84.  Be sure to register before then so you can have lunch with us. Walk-in registration will be available at the door the day of the conference, with only cash and checks accepted.
We look forward to seeing you in Olathe!

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2016 Fall Contests

D22 Team! Here is a breakdown of the contests scheduled to date (completed contests are listed at the bottom). For the up-to-date schedule, look at the calendar page on our D22 website!

Winners from our 7 division contests will be competing at the District 22 Conference and Contests! Sign up now!

Already Completed
Division T (September 10th)
Division A (September 17th)
Division L (September 22nd)
Division K (September 20th)
Division E (September 17th)
Division R (September 29th)
Division S (September 24th)

Area T11 (Aug 22) & Areas T12, T13, and T14 (Aug 27)
Area A21 and A24 (Aug 24), Area 22 (Aug 25), & Area A23 (Aug 27th)
Area L31, L32, L33 and L34 (September 10th)
Area K41 and K42 (September 18th) & K43 and K44 (September 15th)
Area E52 (September 8th) & E51, E53 and E54 (August 27th)
Area R61 and Area R64 (September 7th), R62 and R63 (september 17th)
Area S71 (September 8th), S72 (september 17th) & Area S73 (September 10th)

Not on the schedule
All contests are scheduled

 

 

 

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2016 Toastmasters Convention – Pathways Update

Coming this week at the international convention, Toastmasters International is scheduled to have a Pathways booth for members to see a demo of the new program. As a reminder, Pathways is our new educational program, coming from the REP efforts you’ve hopefully heard about before.

I was contacted this week as a Chief Ambassador of some importance (my words, not theirs) and asked to volunteer some time at the booth to help demo the system and answer questions for convention attendees.

While I don’t yet know everything that will entail, if last year’s booth with demo of the Toastmasters app is any indication, I expect to see the beta version of the app that will be tested this fall.

As I get some post-worthy information, I’ll add updates here on the D22 blog. Also, as the convention kicks off on Wednesday, I’ll post information on the events, and notes from speakers like Ed Tate, John Zimmer, and Rochelle Rice, along with any others I get a chance to see.

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