Sunday, January 29, 2023
The RP Group


To close equity gaps and increase student success, California community colleges require middle leaders who can lead substantial transformation efforts that go beyond system-maintaining to system-changing practices. To do so, middle leaders need to develop and deepen their skills and strategies to “lead from the middle'' by thinking systemically, acting collaboratively, and leading courageously with urgency and care. Developing middle leaders cannot be incidental, and colleges cannot rely on emerging leaders to find their way to independent professional learning. Given their essential role in the change process, colleges must invest in leadership development opportunities for their middle leaders. This type of leadership development requires support, dedication, and time.

Leading from the Middle (LFM) provides the opportunity for campus-based teams composed of tenured and adjunct faculty, administrators, classified professionals, and researchers to engage in experiential learning to explore and apply effective leadership strategies to advance systemic equity-focused, student-centered reform efforts. LFM incorporates both virtual and face-to-face opportunities to provide the time and space for participants to cultivate skills and knowledge, gain new mindsets, and learn from one another. LFM engages former program graduates to serve as coaches and facilitators to support the learning process. As middle leaders themselves, they bring real-world experience that augments and contextualizes the LFM curriculum.