I found out last week I can resign or be non-renewed. I am a 2nd year teacher that found myself in a bad position: no classroom, no textbooks, no content materials (unless I bought or borrowed them), and the "low track" classes. I was put on an action plan my first year for class management. Since then (and before), I worked diligently to get my skills up. In October, I called the union for help when the last two classes of the day were not going well. They came in and said there seemed to be a high concentration of kids that wouldn't "do what I asked because it seemed like a good idea". Their recommendation was to post the rules, remind them of the rules, and write referrals. I did as they asked but gave detentions vs. referrals because the admin support just isn't there. I also went to a class management conference, read an additional book, watched a DVD, did a lit review on management, etc. Things improved. They were not perfect but drastically better...all of my classes were functioning. Well, at my first end of plan meeting, the P said that their was some improvement but not enough, he cited that my dept chair said one of my classes was really bad. He also claimed I never talked to her and brought into question whether I talked to the mentor (I pulled out documentation for both). They told him what the dept. chair said was hearsay and he could not use it. Btw, they went back and checked and the dept chair said that she was very impressed and that I had a strong start to the semester. The union told me he made it up. P then came in the following week and did a class walk through in that hour and most of it was lies. I told the union but they said there was nothing they could do. During our meeting last week, when he brought up that the dept chair wouldn't even "go to bat for me", the union pres told him that wasn't the impression she got at all but he insisted that it was true. When I said, I have done the things on the action plan (it included numerous class observations, meeting with different teachers, etc.) and am confused and why was he non-renewing me...he brought up what he claims the dept chair said and the recent class obs (which he made up). I am devastated and depressed. When I started this job, I did not have the skills to manage some of my classes. I worked hard, took the advice of the union, and things turned around. The union told me they would help me write my resignation letter. That I don't have tenure and there was nothing I could do. They told me I had done everything possible to help myself and that they only thing they wished is that I called them sooner. They also said they thought I was a talented and knowledgeable teacher that should continue to teach and that I was still developing and things were improving and "shame on him" for not giving me more time, and that they were baffled as to why he non-renewed me. The pres also said she wished I had called them sooner than Oct. because they might have been able to help sooner and she felt by the time I called, even though things improved, he had already made up his mind. What should I do? Thanks for your ideas!