Welcome to the Eastland CUSD 308 website. Our district continues to embrace the shifts in public education: the new priorities on student outcomes, accountability, student engagement, common and rigorous expectations, and dynamic instructional technologies. At the same time, our district itself has gone through a period of change: adjusting for reduced enrollments, adding services for students and families in need, remodeling outdated facilities, constructing new additions, closing buildings that are no longer needed, reducing costs to match diminishing revenues, making security enhancements, replacing retiring teachers, and improving the quality of our school lunches.
This begs the question: “is it all too much?” One theory says that the way to growth is to narrow the focus – to simplify. This is a common approach in the world of business, but not likely the best for a public school.
Eastland agreed in 2011-12 to participate as one of 36 “Race to the Top” (RT3) districts in Illinois. As an RT3 District, Eastland has implemented educational reforms in eight (8) key areas. Research supports that these areas are all important characteristics of highly effective schools. Success in one to the exclusion of others is not good enough.
While doing this work, we have also been compelled to update our facilities, reduce costs and increase services as circumstances dictate. The idea is to evaluate our progress continuously, looking closely and regularly at all of the important indicators of success.
Successful organizations know that they will never be “done” with improvement – it never stops. They do not focus on one thing, but on all of the things that are important enough to merit their time and resources. It may at times seem overwhelming, but improvement for most human endeavors requires a comprehensive approach because the world itself is increasingly complex. A key function of public education is to prepare our students to live productive and fulfilling lives in such a world.