The RP Group

Leading from the Middle

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 the 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 2020/2021, 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 groups.

A team of Guided Pathways facilitators and members of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement (OIEA) are attending the Leading from the Middle (
LFM) Academy 2020, organized by the RP Group. Members include Dray Banks, Laura Cruz-Atrian, Arpi Festekjian, Jessica Hansen, Joshua Summers, and Bryan Ventura. With the facilitation of their LFM-designated coach, the team will acquire leadership strategies and data literacy tools that will help enhance data usage for equity at ELAC.