John Searles


John M. Searles is the superintendent of Midland County Educational Service Agency and has more than 30 years of service to public education. He has studied at Aquinas College, the University of Seville, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University. John has served on the executive boards and as president of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators and the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators. John was appointed by former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and was reappointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the Mental Health Diversion Council, and he serves on the boards of Disability Network, Midland Kids First, and the Arnold Center. Superintendent Searles served as co-chair of the Long-term Disaster Recovery Group after catastrophic flooding affected the region in May of 2020. He is currently working on initiatives to develop and retain educator talent and to improve the wellbeing of students and those who serve them.

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Day 1
January 18, 2023
3:00 pm

Resilience in Students and Educators (RISE) Service Model

Prairies IV (Lower Level)
18 January
Time:  3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Location:  Prairies IV (Lower Level)

This session will advocate for, and review the data of, a resilience-based framework that focuses on educator wellbeing and retention. The model is crafted of professional learning, reflection, mindfulness, and coaching services that puts into action the recognition that learning occurs best overtime and in the context of relationships. Districts will gain an awareness of how critical adult social-emotional learning is to student success, as well as how districts can embed practices and policies that are rooted in the science of adversity and resilience, attunement and attachment, and safety.

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