This course focuses on the ultimate purpose of education - improving the quality of life for our children, our communities, and our earth. It assists the participants in the process of applying the theory and practice they have gained in the first four courses of the CTM to address a local need and then share their experiences globally. Course participants will apply their training to a local problem by focusing on one of the eight Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations.
Part One of the course consists of developing a local service project by starting a new initiative or participating in an existing project related to one or more of the Millennium Development Goals. Participants also have the option of developing and teaching a unit that covers one of the Millennium Development Goals and raises awareness of this problem in their school or classroom.
Part Two of the course guides participants through a process of compiling their professional portfolio based on their work in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery (assignments, reflections, and self-assessment) and their professional practice, including the Millennium Development Goals project.
1. To foster a solid understanding of the Millennium Development Goals.
2. To assist teachers in reflecting upon the needs of their local community and the role that they and their students can play in addressing those needs.
3. To assist teachers in reflecting upon their own practice and their work in the Certificate of Teaching Mastery program.
4. To assist teachers in developing a strong sense of professional identity through reflection and by compiling a personal portfolio that can be used to further support their professional development.
5. To assist teachers in creating a statement of their teaching philosophy based on their coursework, professional identity, and classroom practice.
6. To foster an understanding of how to promote their work in their communities and globally, through the TWB global network.
7. To prepare teachers to become mentors in the Certificate program and to reflect upon the skills and knowledge needed to support their colleagues, online or off.
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