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a period of change: adjusting for reduced enrollments, adding services for students and families in need, remodeling outdated facilities, constructing new additions, closing buildings that are no longer needed, reducing costs to match diminishing revenues, making security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


Press Release

During the first semester of the 2015-16 school year, the Eastland CUSD #308 Board of Education will be evaluating, revising and adopting a new 3-Year Strategic Plan for 2016-2019.  This will be the fourth iteration of a strategic plan:  the first plan was adopted for the years 2006-2009.

As part of this process, the Board is seeking input and participation from parents and district residents.  The Board will be soliciting input in two important ways:  1) through a survey that will be conducted in September, and 2) through representation on any of six (6) strategic planning sub-committees.  These sub-committees will be meeting approximately three times during first semester of the school year and will be organized around the areas of 

1. Curriculum and Instruction
2. Co- and Extra-Curricular programs
3. Transportation
4. Facilities
5. Technology
6. Finance

If you are interested in participating in this process as a sub-committee representative, please contact Dr. Hansen at (815) 493-6301.  Thank you.

Strategic Planning Survey (Eastland CUSD #308)

In preparation for adopting a new 3-year Strategic Plan in February, 2016, the Eastland Board of Education is reviewing progress made on the last 3-year Plan. To help facilitate this review, we are asking for survey feedback from employees, parents, community and Board of Education members.

Not everyone has the time and resources to participate on a sub-committee, but we are hopeful that nearly everyone has enough time to complete the linked survey. The survey asks respondents to share their perceptions of statements about the District’s progress on the different goals stated in the 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. You can respond “Strongly Agree,” “Agree,” “Disagree,” “Strongly Disagree,” or “Don’t Know.” There is also space for comments to clarify your responses if you like.

It will take 10 – 15 minutes to complete the survey, and we need enough responses to ensure the results are a valid representation of the District’s stakeholders.

We thank you for your time.

3 Year Plan Survey

Current Vacancies


Please click here to view current vacancies.

SB1 Podcast

Please click here to watch a podcast created by Dr. Hansen explaining the impact Senate Bill 1 would have on Eastland Schools.

Vision 20/20

The Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) and partners from around the state are rolling out Vision 20/20:  A Roadmap for Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education in Illinois.  This work is the result of 2-years of facilitated work with educational leaders and Board members from around the state.  Dr. Hansen will be writing this introductory article, and four additional installments explaining briefly the four (4) pillars of Vision 20/20. As the articles are written they will be posted on the district home page as well as on our social media accounts.

Public education has made great strides in the last 10 years, in some cases because of outside pressures, and in others, in spite of those pressures.  Vision 20/20 explains the views of some of the most informed people in the state on the topic of public education.  It is supported through research and experience.  

Click here to listen to Dr. Hansen's interview on WCCI concerning Vision 20/20.

Introductory article
Highly Effective Educators
21st Century Learners
Shared Accountability
Adequate and Equitable Funding

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.