Mrs. Redtop has been teaching in Canada for 8 years, and I honestly know almost nothing of how the administrative process works there. She's been recommended to hire by a school department head and principal, had been pre-approved by the "central office" so presumably it's all over but the paperwork. But my question is, what will the paperwork normally say? Is there anything to watch out for? I keep hearing about teachers "signing a contract" but do you actually sign a contract with a school? What does it obligate each party to? In case it matters, there is indeed a teachers union and she would definitely want to join. Last night the hiring coordinator called and asked for documents verifying her prior teaching experience, so we sent them a bunch of stuff. The maximum starting step for new teachers is 9, she has 8 years of regular teaching experience but it sounds like they are trying to squeeze her a 9th based on things like summer school, LTS, a private school she taught in for a couple months, her graduate assistantship. What, if anything, should we be on the lookout for?