CONTRACT NOT RENEWED

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  1. marie211

    marie211 New Member

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    Hello,

    I need some major help/advice. My contract was not renewed this year and I am really depressed and nervous about finding another job. I can't even go into my principal and the reasons why....too long of a story. Basically, both of my evaluations were favorable and when word spread that my contract would not be renewed 17 parents wrote letters to the superintendent and principal...I was a pretty popular teacher. Here are my questions:

    1. Should I use the evaluations and parent letters on the a new interview-will it even matter?
    2. What do I say when they ask me why I left?? Do I lie? What can the old principal tell them?
    3. Can I collect unemployment?? :) :)

    ANY ADVICE OR HELP WOULD BE SO GREATLY APPRECIATED...I'm so upset and really need help about what to do! Thanks!
     
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  3. MissFrizzle

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    It doesn't seem that your teaching was the problem? I don't know how to address this one????:confused:
     
  4. terptoteacher

    terptoteacher Connoisseur

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    I was in a similar situation. I didn't have a contract, but I had been at my school for 8 years--4 years teaching. Every year I had to re-interview since that school district only gives out one year only contracts. Anyway, I didn't get the job. Here's what I did.

    I took some time to regroup. I had to. I was devastated.
    I looked around at some neighboring school districts.
    I picked a couple and applied to be a substitute. I subbed from Jan. to June.
    When I interviewed, I told them that it was time to move on. I didn't say anything about not getting the job, but I focused on the now. They really didn't ask. I didn't bring it up either.

    For your letters of rec.---ask a couple people who know you and your abilities. Ask a parent, an e.a. and a teacher. If you're not happy with the principal--is there a vice? This new district I'm in needed a letter from an administrator, but I got lucky and she wrote one way before she didn't hire me.

    Keep checking out the other threads. The people here are very supportive and helpful.

    Good luck!!:)
     
  5. Malcolm

    Malcolm Enthusiast

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    You'll need to use whatever you have available if references are requested and you cannot get on from the principal. Otherwise, don't sweat it.

    Never lie in an interview or on an application. If you are caught later on it is grounds for immediate dismissal. And it might be grounds for action against your credential.

    Teachers in my state are eligible for unemployment insurance. You need to check with your local unemployment insurance office.
     
  6. marie211

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    Thank you very much. You are right...I really can't lie. So when they ask me why I am leaving I should just say that my contract was not renewed and I'm not really sure why? It must have been a personality conflict? I'm not sure what my principal is going to say when they call her, but it definitely wasn't based on my teaching. I just feel as if none of the school districts will want to hire me after hearing that I was let go.
     
  7. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Hi Marie,

    I'm so sorry for all you've been through!

    I've never been in your position, so I'm probably not the one to give advice. But, unless directly asked, I think I would respond that I was looking to move on, or that I wanted a district with more of an emphasis on___, or a shorter commute, or something similar.

    You can bring along the writeups you received as well as the other recommendations you get.

    I say the best defense is a good offense. Put your heart and soul into finding a job for the new school year. (That means you REALLy get going TODAY!!!) A year from now, when your new contract HAS been renewed, you'll know that they made a huge mistake. Put all the drama behind you and focus on the future!

    Now, get going on those applications!
     
  8. shadowrose45

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    HI

    There can be a lot of reasons for not getting renewed. If you're really worried, ask a friend to call the school and ask the principal for a reference.

    But, budget changes and things like that can all effect contracts.
     
  9. teresaglass

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    If they ask for references you can use your evaluations and maybe some of the parent letters but I would try to get another administrator or department chair to write you a recommendation letter. Do not lie on any other applications. Just say you were not rehired and give a brief explanation. Right now applying for subbing is probably your best option. You might also apply with Kelly Educational Staffing. They will place you in private and public school jobs and one of these could work into a full-time position. Go on the Kelly Services Website to find the office closet to you. I was not rehired at a school I worked for 5 years ago. I ended up working for a temp agency that placed substitute teachers in private schools. One of the assignments became long-term and worked out into a full-time position that I ended up staying in for 3 years. Good luck and do not be afraid. Terry G.
     
  10. Kris8806

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    I really can't offer you any advice but I'm so sorry for your situation. From all the great letters you received the parents it's apparent that you won't have a hard time finding a new job.

    Good luck!!!:D
     
  11. teacherfriend

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    You have options....

    I am sorry to hear that your contract will not be renewed and I am sure that you are an excellent teacher according to the response you received from parents and those who evaluated you. If I could offer a tip... there are many teaching jobs out there, I am sure you will be able to find something. When you do go to interviews I would tell the truth about your contract not being renewed. I would not go into detail about parent response or problems with the principal if there were any, I would just stick to the facts and (obviously) show the interviewer/interviewee the favorable recommendations from those who evaluated you (faculty).
    You are entitled to receive unemployment benefits if you were under contract and your employer must give you information regarding those benefits.
    It is heart-wrenching to go through this process and I apologize. Do try to pick up the pieces and move on to a different and perhaps? more rewarding job, there are many options that you have.
     
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    Thank you all for your help and advice! It means so much to me!! :)
     
  13. MissFrizzle

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    You are very welcome!:)
     
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    Try not to get too down...sometimes there is one person who is influential that keeps you from getting a renewed contract. One way you can look at it is something better is on the horizon. When one door closes, another opens.
     
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    I know this may be one of the hardest things you will ever have to do but you should schedule an appointment with your old principal and find out exactly WHY you weren't renewed. Sometimes contract not renewed is not a negative thing against you its life in a downsizing world. You need to know what your old administrator is going to say.

    That said you can still get hired even if you have the most negative ex-principal in the world. My old principal was off her rocker crazy and I quit. I took her good evals letters from people who had seen me teach worked with me taught me etc. And sure enough I needed them because her required reference wasn't good. (Despite the fact everything during the year was) I had proof to show that she wasn't being objective. Getting hired wasn't a problem.
     
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    VERY TRUE! :angel:
     
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    Is there a record of a probationary contract not being renewed or terminated? Will it be on a teacher' s record someplace?
     
  18. teacherintexas

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    It will be on your applications. Most applications ask if you have been nonrenewed or resigned to avoid nonrenewal. Don’t lie on applications.
     

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