Monday, May 27, 2024
The RP Group

 2023–24 LFM Academy Curriculum

The Leading from the Middle (LFM) curriculum, designed by and for middle leaders within the California Community Colleges system, prepares participants to lead now and into the future. The academy’s content spans a variety of topics such as: 

  • Why Lead? The Case for Middle Leadership

  • Collective and Individual Equity-Minded Leadership Identity

  • Making the Case/Using Evidence

  • Using Data for Decision-Making to Improve Student Success

  • Understanding and Analyzing Institutional Cultures for Successful Leadership 

  • Communicating Successfully

  • Building Teams and Coalitions

  • Engaging Resistance

  • Using Design Tools 

  • Momentum Mapping

  • Taking Risks/Failing Successfully

  • Building a Data-Informed Campus Culture


 2023–24 Learning & Program Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will:

  • Formulate and articulate a collective and individual equity-minded leadership identity;

  • Map the connection and relationship among institutional needs, effective leadership, and student success;

  • Create sustainable professional relationships in which peers share ideas and strategize approaches around equity and transformative change;

  • Identify data, research, and other forms of evidence to spark courageous and explicit conversations to inform and prioritize transformative institutional changes that address systemic racism and social inequities;

  • Apply data, research, and other forms of evidence to make informed decisions that advance transformative change efforts toward more equitable outcomes at their institution; and

  • Develop strategies to sustain and support ongoing leadership development.

By the end of the program, teams will:

  • Identify a project aligned with their college’s strategic priorities that advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism work at their institution;

  • Implement or continue to advance an identified project; and

  • Create a sustainability plan for the project to continue after the conclusion of LFM.

By the end of the program, participating colleges will:

  • Increase the number of middle leaders with the necessary skills to create the changes to redress systemic barriers and empower historically marginalized students to realize their educational goals and

  • Advance a strategic priority that increases student success and or institutional transformation.