The basics on resigning?

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The basics on resigning?
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Mon, 01-03-2011 - 5:40pm

I'm prepping for the time I'll be submitting my resignation, whether I have a new job already lined up or not.

I keep getting conflicting advice as to how to write the letter. I know there are many of you on here who have experience and could provide me with some basics on it.

Also, if I resign my position, will they still pay the length of my contract? I would basically be stating that I will not return to teach in the fall.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"

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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 8:09pm
He teaches for two different schools, Everest and The Allen School. I think the degrees they confer are mostly Associates and for one of the schools, he teaches very basic classes like Career Success. Even though he is the IT director for an entire school district, they won't let him teach a technology course because his MA is in educational technology not computers. It's pretty silly, if you ask me because the classes are not all that demanding but, they have their standards I guess. My friend used to teach for Argosy University but they wanted her to teach more than she could handle because she has a regular full time job so she stopped working for them.
I've not heard from either of the places in which I interviewed, not even a rejection letter, although I'm sure I didn't get either job. Some places are so rude! I recently applied for an online library position at a university in Ohio and I live in New England. It's totally online. It's very intriguing. I e-mailed my resume to them and I haven't even gotten an acknowledgment. I called them the other day and the personnel person wasn't in, of course. My next attempt at finding a job entails me applying for a library assistant position at a community college which I am way over qualified for, as a way to get my foot in the door of higher ed. Thanks for asking about my progress.
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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 6:44pm

Guili:

Just curious. Who does your husband teach for? If you'd let me know I'd appreciate it.

Sherry
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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 10:53am
I've suggested this before, but online college teaching can be pretty lucrative. You need a MA degree and most of us have that. DH does this part time and makes 35k a year. If you teach more than one class at a time, you can do ok. I've actually been helping him since I'm unemployed. It's not that much work. Most classes are 6-12 weeks long. The 4 credit course he is teaching now pays $1800 and he is teaching two sections at once, so that will give some idea of the pay. I have a friend who does this also and she started because she knew someone who did it. The person who got her into it, now works full time for the university and makes over 50k a year and has benefits.
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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 10:33am

You have my sympathy! I can't think of much worse than subbing every day. Your description is what I feared when I was job hunting after my husband's transfer.

Sherry
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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 6:48am

I has a similar problem to you with the review and principal and everything. It is a huge pain.

Now I am doing day to day casual supply teaching and hate it. Hate not knowing what I

am doing in advance...hate being treated like an idiot...hate having way more discipline

problems than I have ever had before. Miss having my own class...but loving being

away from the principal from hell. Only question now is what else can I do but teaching?

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Thu, 01-06-2011 - 5:13pm

Thank you all so much! I'm having so many mixed feelings about this. There are many teachers and staff members I love working with but I cannot tolerate the unprofessionalism that's being allowed to run rampant in my building. It's bad enough that my husband and I are questioning whether we even want his daughters going to school out there if this woman is still principal then.

Now I just have to figure out when I want to turn it in. I was evaluated again right before Christmas and I can imagine that it's going to be the same garbage as before. It's sitting in my school mailbox and I can't bring myself to look at it right now; in fact, I probably won't look at it until after school tomorrow because I don't want it cloying at my mind all day tomorrow.I told my husband that even though what it says doesn't really matter, it still stings knowing what she'll have written.

At this point, I don't think I'll be finding a job in education any time soon. The state legislator is already making noise about cutting education funding again to close a gaping hole in the state budget after a 1% increase in sales tax last year did little to stem the bleed in our state economy. I also truly believe that if I apply for any open positions around my areas, my current admin will do everything she can to sabotage my chances at a job.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"
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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 10:36am

Unless the contract specifies a specific warning period such as two weeks, or your contract and/or state law have guidelines for renewal and tenure reappointment that might affect you, there is no specific timeline or way to do it.

Sherry
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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 8:11pm
I'm so sorry. I know how you feel. My principal last year was the same way. She did not renew my contract after I had the guts to tell her that I thought she was wrong. It was very obvious that this was the case because we were talking about my program next year and what I would teach, I disagreed with her and 3 weeks later after 3 separate poor observations I was told I could resign or not be renewed. Unfortunately this is common practice in this district and the teachers' union brought suit before the state labor board against the administration for bullying and intimidation practices. I don't know who won, but it doesn't matter now since I'm out of there and unfortunately still unemployed.
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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 5:52pm

It used to be that the board had to notify you by May 1st and teachers had to notify by May 15th but there was a push in state legislature last year to change that to June. I'm not entirely sure if it passed or not; I'll have to check.

Right now, I'd really like to resign now and be out of there in the next 2 weeks. My admin publicly humiliated me in front of my husband and youngest step-daughter yesterday. My building rep says I need to tell the head of our regional union about thisbecause he sees it as harrassment but it hasn't worked well in my favor to report these things. I'd rather not ruffle too many feathers right now and just get out this sinking ship before I can't leave of my own volition. Anything could be better than working under the thumb and surveillance of this woman. The degree of her unprofessionalism knows no boundaries.

  "Aut dosce, aut disce, aut discede"
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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 11:04am
Is there a specific time frame after which you are not allowed to resign? If not, I would wait to the last possible minute. I resigned my positions only over the summer. Neither of the districts tried to screw me out of benefits. Are you unionized? If so, check with your union for your rights.

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