Pathways Learning Experience

The Pathways is the Toastmasters education program, creating the framework behind the speeches and leadership projects that members undertake within their clubs. Pathways is an exciting, flexible and interactive way to develop your skills and help others in your club develop theirs. Pathways helps you learn communication and leadership skills that you need to succeed.

In Pathways, you will engage with one of 11 Paths depending on your personal development goals. Within each Path, there are 5 Levels of recognition that scale from Mastering the Fundamentals to Demonstrating Expertise. Over the course of these 5 levels, you will complete a variety of projects, including electives which allow you to further customize your Path to your learning needs.

Find an overview of the Pathways Learning Experience and all 11 Paths on the Toastmasters website.

Pathways Training Resources

Choosing a Path & making Pathways work for club members

Trevor Crippen explains how to choose between Paths by looking at the learning arc specific to each, as well as how to further tailor a Path to your needs with electives and open-ended projects.

Pathways Training for VPEs

Carly Cox covers Pathways from front to back for Vice Presidents of Education — including the basics, helping members get started, helping members progress, and supporting advanced members.

Download the slides with working links here.

Path to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

The Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award is the highest level of educational achievement you can attain in Toastmasters. During the journey to DTM, a member will deliver many speeches, serve in leadership roles at the club and District levels, support new or struggling clubs, share the power Toastmasters with new audiences, and complete a major capstone project to benefit an organization.

For more information on the requirements, review the DTM Award Application.

Note: members still have until Jun 30, 2021 to submit for the Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) and/or DTM awards in the traditional education program.

See also slides from Trevor Crippen’s presentation The New Path to DTM, from the Summer 2020 TLI season:

Pathways Evaluations

All Pathways evaluation resources are freely available for download! Be ready the next time you’re assigned as a Speech Evaluator.

Club Recognition

Clubs can earn recognition in the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) for members progressing in the Pathways curriculum.

The six DCP goals clubs can earn for member achievement in Pathways are:

  1. 4 individual members earn Level 1
  2. 2 individual members earn Level 2
  3. 2 more individual members earn Level 2
  4. 2 individual members earn Level 3
  5. 1 member earns Level 4, Level 5, or a DTM
  6. 1 member earns Level 4, Level 5, or a DTM

A big thank you to our Chief Ambassador Deb Siwik and Pathways Guide Coordinator Stefano McGhee for their work in rolling out the Pathways learning experience in District 31 prior to launch on May 15, 2018.

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