10 Things You Should Know About Pathways

By | February 5, 2018

Below you will find 10 things you should know about the Pathways educational program. Use these details to help you get started using Pathways.

1.  Access to Pathways will be via the TI web site, so make sure you are able to log into the TI web site today. If you don’t have an account set up yet, go to www.toastmasters.org, click on “Login” at the top, then “Forgot password,” and enter the e-mail address you gave when you
joined. If you’re not sure what that e-mail address is, or need to change it, ask any club officer to update it for you in Club Central.

2.  Every new member, including members in new clubs, will be on Pathways when Pathways is enabled for our district (around late February). VPEs need to be ready to support them, as they won’t be getting a CC or CL manual. Every area (4-6 clubs) has a Pathways Guide to help them get started with Pathways.

3.  When you first access Pathways, you’ll be given the option of going through a short self-assessment, to help you choose on which one of 10 paths to start. But you can choose which path you want.

4.  You get one free path when you join, and/or when Pathways is rolled out for our district. If you’re already a member of two or more clubs when Pathways is enabled, you’ll get two free paths (but not more). Additional paths cost $20 each.

5.  Printed Pathways manuals are available for $25 each, but the online experience is significantly better. Less than 1% of the members are choosing printed manuals so far, and only some paths and some electives are available in print. When you choose an online path, you can still print out the materials (if you want).

6.  Club meetings do not change – just the objectives of the speeches. You’ll still have project speeches, evaluations, and Table Topics, a Timer, a Grammarian, a meeting Toastmaster, etc.

7.  Each of the 10 paths has 5 levels, and each level has one or more projects to do (speeches, meeting roles, etc.). There are 14 projects in all for each path, 10 required projects, and then you choose 4 elective projects.

8.  The traditional education program (CC, AC, CL, etc.) will continue to be available for at least two years from when we start on Pathways. Each member can choose whether to work in the traditional program, Pathways, or both, during that time. Most members will probably want to
finish their current award (a CC, an ACS, an ALB, etc.), then switch to Pathways, unless they’re near a DTM in the old program.

9.  Pathways has different requirements for a DTM, among them, completing two full paths, a year as a club officers, a year as a district officer, serve as a club mentor or coach, etc.

10.  The Distinguished Club Program includes recognition for Pathways awards, just like the traditional awards.  Up to six DCP goals can be earned for educational awards in either program.