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?
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.