2. SOUNDBITE (English) Allie McLellan, music teacher:
"I spent all day yesterday morning drumming. My hands are, my hands are tired my voice is tired. I'm a music teacher so I'm a little concerned about going back and being able to sing with my students. But you know. I'm tired but I'm galvanized."
3. Various of teachers on strike demonstrating at an intersection
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Allie McLellan, music teacher:
"The incentives, kinda, I think is something that maybe the district isn't sure that we're going to be up in arms about. But there's schools, it's kind of arbitrary how they actually, which schools get the highest priority incentive and some of us have it and some of us don't even though our schools are blocks from one another."
5. Denver Public Schools superintendent Susana Cordova and district negotiators arriving at the bargaining table
6. Teachers in attendance for public portion of bargaining chanting "DCTA" (Denver Classroom Teachers Association)
7. Chief union negotiator Rob Gould arriving for negotiations
8. Gould and another negotiator at the table
9. Gould at the table
10. Cordova looking at district negotiator as she speaks
11. Overhead projector presentation of district's latest offer
"I see giving on both sides and there was so much gridlock in the beginning of negotiations that it was very stressful. Yesterday was the first time that it was just like, 'They're listening to us, we're listening to each other,' and I woke up with so much joy and hope this morning, and then seeing this, even more hopeful."
16. Teachers picketing near Montebello High School
Denver school administrators and teachers are making progress as they try to end a three-day strike but still must address a major hurdle regarding educators' pay.
The bargaining team representing teachers agreed Wednesday afternoon with much of the school district's proposal regarding how teachers can increase their pay based on experience, education and training over time.
There is still no agreement yet on a top district priority: Bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools the district prioritizes.
Teachers want lower bonuses to free up money for better overall salaries.
Teachers said retention data from those schools shows that bonuses alone will not help keep educators there. They suggested smaller class sizes, improved leadership and a focus on student services will have a larger impact.