Welcome to the website for the Eastland CUSD #308. Eastland is a consolidated district serving the communities of Lanark, Shannon and Lake Carroll, IL and their surrounding rural routes. Our boundaries encompass 156 square miles in the counties of Ogle, Stephenson, and the county of greatest territory, Carroll. 645 students attend grades Pre-K–12. Students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 6 attend Eastland Elementary in Shannon while students in grades 7-12 attend the Eastland Jr/Sr High School in Lanark.
Eastland has embraced the new priorities on student outcomes, accountability, student engagement, common and rigorous expectations, and dynamic instructional technologies. Our culture is one of growth: individually and collectively, we hold ourselves accountable for improving academic and social outcomes for all students. We refer to these as the core and supplemental competencies that students should expect to earn as a result of an Eastland education.
Since 2006, Eastland Boards of Education have developed and revised three iterations of a Strategic Plan. This plan provides the framework for improvement in the areas of curriculum/instruction, co- and extra-curricular activities, finances, facilities, technology, and transportation. Principals work with building level leadership teams to set annual goals. The Board and all stakeholders are briefed continuously on progress made toward building and district targets. Principals, teachers and support personnel participate on teams that regularly evaluate data on student academic and social growth, and that same data is used as a component of teacher and principal performance evaluations.
Eastland is entering our sixth year as a 1:1 district: every student in grades K-12 has access to a personal laptop or tablet device. Students in grades 4-12 take these devices home with them every day. Teachers receive intensive professional development and embedded support from a district technology director and assistant director as well as a media specialist. Student engagement is measured and monitored to ensure that technology is used to foster the project-based work and student learning conversations characteristic of higher level learning. We view reliable and continuous access to online content and programs, facilitated by a skilled professional, as a dynamic teaching and learning tool – a means to an end, rather than an end itself.
In fact, we see all of the essential functions of the school – the safe transport and housing of students in clean and modern facilities, the provision of healthy breakfasts and lunches, reliable access to online content and programming, instruction facilitated by highly effective and well-trained teachers, and opportunities to participate in a variety of quality co- and extra-curricular programs – as fundamental to learning. It is this comprehensive and diligent approach that allows us to say with all sincerity, “welcome to Eastland, where Learning is Paramount.”