Welcome to Eastland CUSD #308

      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a period of change: adjusting for reduced enrollments, adding services for students and families in need, remodeling outdated facilities, constructing new additions, closing buildings that are no longer needed, reducing costs to match diminishing revenues, making security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.


American Education Week

Please click here to read a letter from Superintendent Hansen concerning American Education Week.

Help Children Form Good Study Habits

When kids feel like homework has value and doing it is their own choice, it will seem more interesting and lead to greater achievement.

Click here to read the entire article from the NY Times.

Threats to Funding are Real and Immediate

Click here to read a Letter to the Editor from Dr. Mark D. Hansen, Superintendent of Eastland CUSD #308, concerning the threats to local educational funding.

Voice of Democracy Essay Contest

The World Contemporary Issues class, featuring students in grades 9-12, participated in the Voice of Democracy audio-essay contest hosted by the American VFW. The theme for 2014 was “Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future.” 17 EJSHS students participated in the contest, and two students were selected by the local VFW Chapter to advance to the District level competition. Those two students were Bailey DeMichele and Grace Norton. They both won a local monetary scholarship from the VFW and will be recognized at a dinner for local essay winners. Their audio-essays will be passed on to the next level of competition, districts, and if they continue to move forward, they will go to the state contest, and eventually the national contest. If you are interested in learning more about this competition please visit the following website: listen to the audio essays click here.

School Closing Procedures

As Winter and the potential for inclement weather approaches the Eastland School District wants to make sure that parents, students, and community members are aware of the Procedures for School Closings, Cancellations and Postponements. Please take a moment to read this document outlining the procedures.