Toastmasters Education Program news

Editors note: This FAQ has been updated here.

District 22,

Just this week, Toastmasters International held a webinar for their Chief Ambassadors and District Trios around the world in preparation for the 2017 roll-out of the new educational program. Rather than drone on about the news, I’ve formatted this in an FAQ format for easier consumption.

Is it 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 the new program?

We’re slated for the second half of 2017, which is over 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 path 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

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?

  1. Motivational Strategies
  2. Presentation Mastery
  3. Leadership Development
  4. Innovative Planning
  5. Visionary Communication
  6. Strategic Relationships
  7. Dynamic Leadership
  8. Persuasive Influence
  9. Effective Coaching
  10. Team Collaboration

How will TI help us with the transition?

  1. Additional training timed 60 days prior to the roll-out
  2. Pathway Guides (new name for Ambassadors) to provide club support
  3. Information on the TI website and Toastmasters Magazine throughout the process

How will the DCP (Distinguished Club Program) translate?

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

Is there more info?

Yes, there will be an article in this month’s Toastmasters Magazine. And I’ll post more information in the blog and on the FaceBook page.

Editors note: This FAQ has been updated here.


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2 Responses to Toastmasters Education Program news

  1. Mike Raffety says:

    Thanks, very useful!

  2. Pingback: D22 AD-DD Training 2016 | District 22 News and Information

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