Some already know, but I should probably announce here that I have decided to renew my contract. The road to renewal is not as simple as you might think, so I thought that I would share some of the basic information with prospective ESL teachers.
There is a process that you have to go through, one of which I wasn't aware of until renewal time came around. I received a guide just last week with the details, which is where I'm getting my information for this post. I can't guarantee that it will be the same for you if you applied to a different area or program, but maybe it will help in some way.
(The dates listed reflect my intake, not all)
GET Evaluation by Principal, VP and co-teachers (10.31~11.12)
Renewal Packet Submission to DMOE (by 11.12)
- Includes evaluation, renewal application
and self health check report
Renewal Eligibility Screening and Evaluation (11.13~11.21)
Official Notification for Approved Renewing GETs (11.25)
Medical Check (11.26~12.09)
Signing New Contract and Document Submission (12.12)
Official Notification of Renewing & Non-renewing GETs (12.16)
Final Placement Notification of Transferring GETs (2.12)
So far, I've filled out and signed the renewal packet. This simply indicates whether you intend to stay, leave or transfer. You can back out before signing the contract since you're only expressing an interest in staying, and therefore doesn't hold the same consequences of breaking a contract.
November 25th can't come any faster for me at this point. I feel confident that my co-teachers have given me good scores, and I would like to think that the principal and VP have a decent enough impression of me despite our lack of interaction. There is also the chance of budget cuts leaving me with no position to hold, but... happy thoughts, right?
More info on this later. Deep breaths, keep distracted. I can get through this until November 25th.....
Thank you for reading!