Students trade Spanish for STEM in Saline School District

. June 30, 2019.

The elementary Spanish program in the Saline School District will be replaced by a new special called “Innovation Lab,” as students weren’t demonstrating desired levels of fluency in Spanish. Administrators made the swap, hoping to maximise student time in the classroom and encourage more self-directed engagement. This change, part of Saline Schools recent push toward project-based learning, will be in effect for students at the start of the 2019-2020 school year. Classes will be 72 minutes and give students in Kindergarten through fifth grades access to makerspaces, as well as opportunities to learn engineering and computer science concepts. The goal is to help students develop into flexible, creative, and engaged problem-solvers. The district was able to avoid layoffs by re-assigning elementary Spanish teachers to different schools.