Monday, August 21, 2017
The RP Group
Leading from the Middle Academy 2017


Professional development for community college “middle” leaders working to strengthen their students’ success and the effectiveness of their institution

The LFM Academy 2017 will focus on promoting organizational coherence within each college through the integration and coordination of college programs including equity, student success, basic skills, and professional development.

California Community Colleges need strong, innovative “middle” leaders — faculty, department chairs, directors, deans, student services professionals, researchers, and classified staff — who can effectively respond to the myriad of reforms facing our institutions, facilitate communication, and move stakeholders to action. The RP Group is working to develop this group of critical change makers through our Leading from the Middle (LFM) Academy.


"I have learned so much about my work, my college, and myself as a leader and educator. I have new tools and strategies, and mostly new understandings of the issues, which will help me impact change. I also have made connections to colleagues across the state, which I know will continue to add to my experiences."
-LFM 2014 Participant


The deadline to apply was December 1, 2016 and has now passed.

Send an email to Robert Gabriner for more information.

LFM Academy 2017 Dates

The LFM Academy 2017 face-to-face sessions will be held at the Kellogg West Conference Center and Hotel in Pomona, CA on the following dates: 

  • Thursday, February 23 through Saturday, February 25
  • Thursday, June 8 through Saturday, June 10
  • Thursday, October 26 through Saturday, October 28

The LFM Academy 2017 will focus on:

  • Training leaders in (1) the methods of inquiry and the use of data to inform improvements, and (2) the application of planning and design strategies to promote the coordination of all the systemwide initiatives including equity; student success; basic skills reform; professional development; other reform efforts.

  • Developing leadership capacity for the implementation of specific approaches for advancing student success and completion through the integration and coordination of the delivery of education in the classroom and education services throughout the institution.

Cost per Person

$1,000 (reduced from $2,700 due to a generous award from the CCCCO Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI)), which includes food and lodging at the three face-to-face convenings.

More Information

To learn more about this initiative or how to participate in the LFM Academy 2017, contact LFM co-directors Robert Gabriner or Laura Hope.

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Offered annually by the RP Group, this interactive, sustained professional development opportunity:

  • Uses a problem-based learning model

  • Engages college teams comprised of faculty, administrators, and researchers in implementation of a component of the Student Success Act

  • Includes face-to-face sessions, coaching, and webinars designed to both support the development of individual participants and assist college teams in project delivery

  • Addresses eight major topics:

    • Making the Case/Using Evidence

    • Understanding and Analyzing Institutional Cultures for Successful Leadership 

    • Building Teams and Coalitions

    • Engaging Resistance

    • Using Design Tools (concept mapping, prototyping, case studies and logic models)

    • Failing Successfully

    • Taking Risks 

    • Communicating Successfully


Robert Gabriner, Professor, Educational Leadership Program, SF State University

Laura Hope, Dean, Instructional Support, Chaffey College


Rose Asera, Independent researcher and evaluator, RP Group

Vicki Fabbri, Instructor, Communications, Cabrillo College

Ben Gamboa, Senior Research & Planning Analyst, Crafton Hills College

Michael Hoffman, Instructor, Mathematics, Cañada College

Barbara McNeice-Stallard, Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness, Mt. San Antonio College

Ben Mudgett, Articulation Officer and Assistant Professor, Palomar College

Debra Polak, Dean of Instruction, Mendocino College

Anniqua Rana, Dean of Athletics, Library, & Learning Resources, Cañada College

Margaret Sanchez, Associate Dean of Matriculation and Assessment, City College of San Francisco

Cindy Stephens, Early Childhood Education Department Chair, College of the Canyons

Ireri Valenzuela, Senior Researcher and Professional Learning Facilitator, RP Group

Kristina Whalen, Dean of Fine, Applied, and Communication Arts, City College of San Francisco

Rebecca Wong, Interim Director, Title III Program , West Valley College