Leading from the Middle

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Established in 2013, Leading from the Middle (LFM) grew out of conversations among a small group of administrators and faculty within the California community colleges who wanted a source for professional learning and leadership development for practitioners with middle organizational responsibilities — deans, directors, department chairs, faculty coordinators, classified staff, and teaching faculty.

East Los Angeles College sent a team of deans and faculty facilitators participated in the 2018 LFM Academy.  The LFM academies are designed to help colleges can develop and implement structural changes that will substantially improve student outcomes. Through project and problem-based learning, LFM’s academies help participants hone individual and collaborative leadership skills needed for this transformative work. The ELAC LFM Team members collectively used the tools they acquired to implement plans of action towards our institutional redesign.

In 2020, ELAC will again participate with the RP Group’s Leading from the Middle Academy as we seek to develop data coaches for each meta-major and affinity group.