DISTRICT 24 DOUBLE DOZEN NEWSLETTER News from the Club Growth Director New Pathways! What Path Will You Take? Submitted by: Linda Wilson, Club Growth Director It’s almost here! The new Toastmasters Pathways learning experience will finally launch in District 24 in early May. What does it mean to each one of us as Toastmasters? What are the opportunities? By now, many of us have heard a presentation by one of our District 24 Pathways Guides. Some may have also obtained information through blogs, webinars, online learning forums, or websites for districts that are already using Pathways. This information has highlighted the positive aspects of the new program and provided some tips to begin preparing for the transition. There have been discussions about the improved features, with five core competencies and 10 dynamic learning paths made up of 60 projects, with over 300 transferable competencies. The advantages of individualized learning, convenient on-line accessibility of resources and projects, and mastering real-world transferable skills have been highlighted. There have also been many questions and concerns. Yes, there will be major changes, and for many of us, change isn’t easy. On the other hand, as Benjamin Franklin so aptly stated, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” All of the benefits that drew us to Toastmasters and continue to keep us as members will remain the same with Pathways. They remain true to the club mission and core values envisioned by Ralph Smedley in 1924 when he first started the program for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. As far as club growth, by reflecting more up-todate, real-world communication and leadership scenarios, the new Pathways learning experience will appeal to potential new clubs, particularly corporate clubs, as they look to augment their current training programs. Likewise, Pathways will offer enhanced benefits as we support all clubs in membership retention. As we prepare to embark on this major change with the potential for new opportunities and growth, this quote by Charles Darwin comes to mind, “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” With the plethora of possibilities provided by Pathways, one question remains: What path will you take? While the current educational program will continue to be available to club members during the next two years as we transition to Pathways, the new program will provide even more opportunities for club members to learn and grow, to develop communication and leadership skills. Members may complete their current goals and embark on a new exciting journey with Pathways! District 24 Double Dozen |4 | April, 2018
DISTRICT 24 DOUBLE DOZEN you a blessed, joyous, giving holiday season! NEWSLETTER Merry Christmas!! Update on Toastmasters Pathways Submitted by: Kathy Henvey, Chief Ambassador In March’s Chief Ambassador Update from Toastmasters International, the following Pathways information was received. News on Pathways rollout this year. Materials will be provided in HTML format, in English only and will not include the Pathways assessment or Base Camp. Videos in Base Camp currently do not support closed captioning; however, watching them is not necessary to complete Pathways projects. Rollout updates The Pathways rollout continues with regions 1 and 11 scheduled to launch on March 20. Regions 4 and 13 Pathways Guides are in the process of visiting clubs ahead of the anticipated rollout on May 3; and region 8 and 9 club visits are already underway before the final rollout on May 15. Our District 24 is in Region 4. Our rollout date was moved from April 24 to May 3 because transition from the World Headquarters office in California to the new office in Colorado occurs the week of April 24. Adoption report In the regions where Pathways has launched, district leaders are reporting that the transition has been much smoother than anticipated and members are enjoying the new educational content. As of March 15, in districts where Pathways has rolled out: More than 45,772 members have enrolled in Pathways — representing 29% of the members where Pathways is available. The usage rate in districts that were part of the program pilot is 42%. More than 48,852 paths have been initiated. 99.5% of all users chose an online path instead of working in printed materials. Survey Results Toastmasters International always is eager to hear member feedback, especially when it comes to their experiences with Pathways! A recent survey conducted by the World Headquarters research team found that the majority of members in regions where Pathways has rolled out are overwhelmingly satisfied with the program. When asked what they like most, their top answers included the variety of choices offered by the paths, being able to access the program online and the wealth of extra-educational resources at their disposal. Common Member Question Does Pathways offer accessible educational materials for visually-impaired individuals? Answer: All Pathways projects and electives soon will be available for visually-impaired members after the last region District 24 Double Dozen |5 | April, 2018 Common Chief Ambassador Question When is the last day to submit an application for an education award in the traditional education program? Answer: If the Pathways rollout remains on schedule and the last phase rolls out in May 2018, then the final day to submit an application for a traditional education program award will be June 30, 2020, the end of the 2019-2020 Toastmasters program year. Members who serve as a club or district leader or as club coach through June 30, 2020, may receive an exception to use this as credit toward a traditional education program award that is also submitted on June 30, 2020. The role must be the final requirement for the award to receive recognition and these exceptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please be aware that members who use the role to complete an award such as ALB or ALS in the traditional program will not be able to transfer the work to an award in Pathways. Members who are seeking a DTM but are unable to complete all requirements by June 30, 2020 may be better served by applying their club and district leadership roles to a Distinguished Toastmaster award in Pathways. Please email the Education Services team with any questions about your best course of action. Pathways Learning Experience FAQ page “How many projects are in a path?” “Is Pathways only available online?” “How will I receive recognition in Pathways?” Find answers to these and other Pathways questions on Toastmasters.org website, Pathways tab, Learn More, then go to the bottom of the page, and click on Pathways FAQ. More information about Pathways also is available on Toastmasters.org by visiting https://www.toastmasters.org/Pathways-Overview Furthermore, you can visit the District 24 website, d24tm.org: Go to the Pathways link on the left column of the home page; and to Public Downloads and access the Toastmasters Pathways folder. If you have questions on Pathways, you may contact me at email@example.com.