Your Professional Portfolio: Parts Two and Three

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Your Professional Portfolio: Parts Two and Three

Part Two of Your Portfolio: Your Commitment to the Millennium Development Goals

Part Two of your Professional Portfolio is designed to provide you with an opportunity to serve. In this last phase of the Certificate for Teaching Mastery, you will reflect on the meaning behind the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), take action in your community to work toward these goals, and share with us what you did and how you did it. The Millennium Development Goals are only valuable when they are put into practice, and this is where teachers can play a large role. To learn more about the Millennium Development Goals, visit this site: complete the Certificate of Teaching Mastery, you will choose one MDG to focus on, and then either teach it in your school and/or community or contribute to an existing initiative that focuses on one of the Millennium Development Goals.

If you are an active teacher or have access to a classroom, you can opt to teach about your chosen Millennium Development Goal to your class. You can also opt to teach a group at a local community center, church, etc. We believe that the very best way of doing this is to review current curricula and adapt it to your own setting. By the time you are at this point in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery, you have gained several key skills, which you can competently employ.

If you'd like to access sample lesson plans and activities to use in your classroom or with your volunteer organization, please visit this website:

To see an example integrating art into HIV/AIDS education, visit this site:

If you choose to participate in an existing initiative in your community that focuses on one of the Millennium Development Goals, you will have to document your contribution including what you have gained as a participant and how your community will benefit from your work.

Proof of Completion

It will be required that you share this content in your Professional Portfolio - your school/organization, grade level or target audience, what goal you chose, how you chose to tackle it, how you assessed it, and an example of the product.

Continue Your Commitment

If you would like to do more individual or collaborative work on meeting the Millennium Development Goals, consider applying to be a Millennium Development Ambassador. More information on this Teachers Without Borders program can be found here:

Part Three of Your Portfolio: Promoting Your Work and Becoming a Mentor

Creating Your Résumé

This is your opportunity to describe yourself and make a case for your professional goals. 

Summary of QualificationsA one- or two-sentence description of your professional teaching qualifications.


  • List the names of the institutions you attended
  • Location
  • What you studied
  • Graduation date
  • Degree received
  • Professional workshops or conferences you've attended (optional)

Professional Experience We suggest that you list your professional employment starting with your current position and going back in time to your first position. There are many different ways to create a résumé in terms of how it looks. The content, however, usually includes the following for each position you have held:

  • Job title (in descending order, from most recent to oldest)
  • Name of the school or organization where you work or worked
  • Location
  • Short description of your responsibilities using action verbs such as "Developed," "Coordinated," "Initiated," "Taught," etc.
  • Dates you worked there
  • Other Work Experience

Special Skills and Interests Where appropriate, please list the following:

  • Languages you speak
  • Special skills you can share
  • Hobbies
  • Extracurricular activities

Professional Memberships Potential employers would like to see how you network with others. Examples could be your local Rotary Club or a teaching network.

Community Activities This is where you can show that you are an active member of your community. We strongly suggest that you highlight your work to support the Millennium Development Goals.

References Choose three people who know you well professionally, and ask them if they will be a reference for you when you apply for jobs, fellowships, or any other professional opportunities you may seek.

List their names, titles, school/organization they are connected to, location of that school/organization, and contact information. Ask your references what telephone number, address, and email they would like you to list (only list the ways in which the person wishes to be contacted). Put these references on the last page of your résumé.

Honors and Recognition Although many people create work that never gets publicly acknowledged, it is to your advantage to talk about your achievements. This is an opportunity for you to include the following:

  • Awards
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Your placement  in academic or educational competitions
  • Achievements of your students
  • Achievements of your school

Becoming a TWB Mentor - Requirements and Benefits Teachers Without Borders wants to dignify the teaching profession by doing our part to help nurture the very best there is to offer. We are proud of those who have gone through our program. Therefore, when you complete your Certificate of Teaching Mastery, a member of the Mentor Review Board will write a final Letter of Recommendation addressing your work in the entire Certificate of Teaching Mastery. This letter will be sent to you 3 - 4 weeks after the completion of your work for the Certificate of Teaching Mastery.

Your participation and completion of the Certificate of Teaching Mastery does not automatically grant you a position as a Mentor in the CTM program, nor does enrollment guarantee employment by Teachers Without Borders or any other hiring agency.  However, upon successful completion of the Certificate of Teaching Mastery, you may apply to become a Mentor.

If you are interested in applying to be a Mentor in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery Program, please contact your local TWB representative. If you would like to become an e-Mentor and assist teachers enrolled in the online version of the CTM program, please fill out the electronic application form available here:

Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource. fred. (2008, June 13). Education for the New Millennium. Retrieved May 04, 2010, from TWB Courseware Web site. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.