What is Pathways?

In 2010, the Toastmasters Board of Directors crafted a five-year strategic plan that laid out the goals and objectives for the organization over the next five years. The plan’s centerpiece? A call to revitalize the Toastmasters education program, now renamed as Pathways.

Much of the communication track hadn’t been updated since the 1970s, and leadership became a separate track in 2005. The Board stressed the need to modernize the communication track and to renew the focus on leadership learning in the leadership track.

That original vision marked the beginning of a hugely ambitious effort to enhance the education program. The program will offer members more opportunities to learn and grow, highlighted by greater access to educational materials, expanded tools and resources, and a customized learning experience designed to help individuals meet personal and professional goals.

At the Board’s direction, Pathways was developed with following benefits for members:

  • Recognition that comes earlier and more often in the educational journey
  • New technological resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
  • Mobile access to educational materials (tablets)
  • Expanded video and digital content to facilitate learning among our global community of members
  • Stronger evaluation and mentoring components

 

Pathways Learning Experience

Embark on a journey of personal and professional development through Pathways, Toastmasters’ new education program! Pathways is designed to help you build the skills you need to communicate and lead. It is comprised of 10 paths that teach more than 300 unique competencies:


As you progress through Pathways, you will:

  • Practice and improve your communication and leadership skills.
  • Give speeches in your club based on assignments in Pathways.
  • Challenge yourself to build and refine certain competencies and skills.
  • Complete a range of projects that include persuasive speaking, motivating others, creating a podcast and leading a group in a difficult situation.

Develop real-world, transferable skills in many different areas through Pathways—communication, leadership, management, strategic planning, service to others, public speaking and more.

 

What’s new?

Dynamic new projects

  • Podcasting
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Blogging
  • Conducting online meetings and more!

Base Camp features

  • Engaging videos that model skills that you are learning
  • Opportunities to earn and award digital badges
  • Interactive quizzes and activities
  • Ability to share feedback online

 

Sample your first project

Take an exciting peek at the first project on your Toastmasters journey– the Ice Breaker. See how projects are structured in Pathways and experience how clear and simple the objectives are to achieve. Visit this link NOW!

 

Pathways is rolling out to our region soon!

 Pathways rollout schedule
 Rollout order Rollout timing* New language(s) added
 Program pilot: District 57  February 2017  English
 Program pilot: District 27  March 2017  None
 Program pilot: District 51  May 2017  Simplified Chinese
 Rollout 1: Region 14  July 2017  None
 Rollout 2: Region 2  Coming soon  None
 Rollout 3: Regions 6 and 7  Coming soon  French
 Rollout 4: Regions 10 and 12  Coming soon  Spanish
 Rollout 5: Regions 1 and 11  Coming soon  German, Arabic and Portuguese
 Rollout 6: Regions 4 and 13 (District93)  Coming soon  Traditional Chinese and Japanese
 Rollout 7: Regions 3 and 5  Coming soon  None
 Rollout 8: Regions 8, 9, undistricted clubs and online clubs  Coming soon  None

*Rollout timing information will be updated as it becomes available. The dates listed are projected and subject to change. For more up-to-date information, please visit Toastmasters International Website.