Revitalized Education Program Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Toastmasters embarking on this project?
In Toastmasters International’s 2010 Strategic Plan, the Board of Directors called for a renewed focus on leadership and a modernized communication program. Toastmasters is revitalizing the organization’s education program to meet those goals.
How will I benefit from a Revitalized Education Program?
You will benefit from program improvements such as:
- A greater use of technology to boost self-directed learning, to access educational materials and to connect with other members around the world
- A clearer path for achieving education awards
- Opportunities to develop real-world communication and leadership skills in a globally evolving marketplace
When will the program launch?
In the second half of 2014.
What technology tools will I be able to use?
At this point, not all of the specifics have been determined. However, the intent is to give you online access to educational materials , video and other learning opportunities, and provide you with the chance to reach around the globe and learn along with members in other countries.
What is the plan for developing the program?
Since the 2010 Strategic Plan was completed, time has been spent researching and analyzing the existing education program by conducting surveys with current and former members. Board committees focused on identifying the skills, competencies and attributes learned through the education program, and helped to guide a project plan for the updated program.
Now comes the next phase—developing and implementing the program.There is a tremendous amount of work to be done to ensure that the program meets the goals and objectives of all members. You will play a huge part in this process. The program developers will work closely with two groups of member volunteers. These members will provide feedback and help communicate the benefits of the improved education program. This is an opportunity to be a part of Toastmasters International history.
Is everything in the education program going to change?
No. Toastmasters is modernizing and enhancing the existing education program.
The traditional core—and values—of the Toastmasters education program will remain in place. Achievement and recognition will still be vital. However, the way you can access educational content will change in dynamic ways.
Who will be involved with developing the program?
District leaders, club officers, new and experienced members, the Board of Directors, staff and consultants.
How will members participate?
Two groups of volunteers, called Learning Masters and Ambassadors, will help shape the program. Learning Masters will offer input and ideas in various phases leading up to the launch date. Ambassadors will explain the program’s improvements and spread the word about its benefits to Toastmasters internationally.
How can I volunteer to be a Learning Master or an Ambassador?
Submit the Learning Master Application Form by May 31, 2013. You will also need to have a fellow Toastmaster submit the Learning Master Recommendation Form for you by May 31, 2013.
The member who is recommending you does not need to submit the recommendation form at the same time you submit your application.
Everyone is encouraged to apply to be a Learning Master.
The selection of Ambassadors is a nomination process. There will be one Chief Ambassador from each district and one Ambassador for every 10 clubs by district.
More details on the nomination process will follow.
Will all education awards I have earned still be valid once the Revitalized Education Program starts?
All education awards you have achieved up to that point will be valid.
Will we be using the same manuals we use now?
Manuals will change, but new materials will reflect the same core concepts.
What happens if I am working toward an award when the program starts?
A transition process will be put into place.
If I have questions, who can I contact?
You can email email@example.com.