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. The LFM academies are designed to help colleges 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. East Los Angeles College sent a team of deans and faculty facilitators to participate in the 2018 LFM Academy and collectively used the tools they acquired to implement plans of action towards our ELAC institutional redesign.

In 2020/2021 ELAC will again participate with the RP Group’s LFM Academy as we seek to develop data coaches for each Career and Academic Pathway (CAP) and affinity groups. The academy participants will learn to use data literacy tools and develop strategies to enhance student equity at ELAC. The LFM Academy participants consist of Guided Pathways facilitators, members of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Advancement (OIEA). The participating members from ELAC include Dray Banks, Laura Cruz-Atrian, Arpi Festekjian, Jessica Hansen, Joshua Summers, and Bryan Ventura.