Hi all, This week I was informed that my contract would not be renewed by the school I have been at for one year. This is my third year teaching and first time I've been in this position, so I would love some advice. The circumstances which led to the non-renewal had nothing to do with my teaching ability and everything to do with how well I meshed with district administration and their intensive program for new teachers within the district. My reviews showed exemplary teaching skills and a need for improvement regarding collaboration (specifically with regard to the district's induction program (not BTSA...their own)) . I thought my Principal and mentor's enthusiasm regarding my teaching ability would trump the other factors I knew admin were not thrilled with, but obviously I was wrong. So, now I am being offered the "opportunity" to resign instead of taking the non-renewal. The problem is, I live in a somewhat sparsely populated region and am only credentialed to teach High School Earth Science (by choice), so the chances there will even be an opening at a local high school this summer are less than great. Therefore, I will most likely need to collect unemployment. How bad will a non-renewal on my record affect my chances of being hired elsewhere? Also, since I haven;t done anything unethical and continue to fulfill my contract, would there be any issue within the district if I worked as a substitute teacher next year? Any advice would be most welcome.