Leading from the Middle Academy
Professional development for community college “middle” leaders working to strengthen their students’ success and the effectiveness of their institution
Applications Open for Leading from the Middle Academy 2017
Deadline extended to December 1, 2016
We are pleased to announce that due to a generous award from the CCCCO Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI), Leading from the Middle (LFM) Academy 2017 will now cost $1,000 per person (reduced from $2,700).
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, 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.
LFM Academy 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
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.
History of LFM
LFM began in January 2013 with 47 faculty leaders, classified staff, chairs, deans, and directors from 13 colleges interested in activating improvements at the local level. We have continued new academies in 2014, 2015, and 2016 with 50-70 community college practitioners each year, including deans, directors, department chairs, faculty coordinators, classified staff and teaching faculty. Our fifth academy will take place in 2017.
- Send an email send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your intent to apply
- Click here to fill out an application.
- Teams should include a minimum of three participants per team, including a faculty member, an administrator, and a researcher.
- Application deadline extended to: December 1, 2016
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.
For More Information…
Review results from annual internal evaluation of the academy experience.
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Apply for the LFM Academy 2017 here. Application deadline extended to December 1, 2016.
If you intend to submit an application, please send an email indicating your intent to Bob Gabriner at email@example.com.
"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
Working Group Members:
Robert Gabriner, Professor, Educational Leadership Program, SF State University
Laura Hope, Dean, Instructional Support, Chaffey College
Rose Asera, Staff, RP Group; Independent researcher and evaluator
Ben Gamboa, Senior Research & Planning Analyst, Crafton Hills College
Michael Hoffman, Instructor, Mathematics, Canada College
Barbara McNeice-Stallard, Director of Research and Institutional Effectiveness, Mt San Antonio College
Debra Polak, Dean of Instruction, Mendocino College
Anniqua Rana, Dean of Athletics, Library, & Learning Resources, Canada College
Margaret Sanchez, Associate Dean of Matriculation and Assessment, City College of San Francisco
Kristina Whalen, Dean, City College of San Francisco
Rebecca Wong, Interim Director, Title III Program, West Valley College
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