Dear ACAPT members,
I wanted to share several items of information that are timely and important – information about The ACAPT Leadership Academy (ALA) and the work of our three Strategic Panels of Clinical Education.
It is exciting to tell you about the recently launched a leadership program, the ACAPT Leadership Academy (ALA). ALA has been developed as a component of our strategic plan (Identify and cultivate the resources to achieve excellence in academic physical therapy, Objective: Support and position physical therapy programs to adapt to changing higher education environments and to lead innovation in academic physical therapy). Recognizing there are other leadership training programs within and outside of APTA (ELI, LAMP), our initiative is focused on being cost-effective and accessible to all members of the physical therapy academy. The ACAPT Board is supporting this initiative because it is critical that we prepare more physical therapists for leadership positions in the academy and because we believe that developing leadership skills in all members of the academy will help us to achieve excellence.
The ALA is a comprehensive program, including initiatives related to the provision of leadership training programs, the identification and communication of leadership resources, the use of social media and web-based channels to develop and promote leadership, and the development of leadership competencies in students. The first program from the ALA is a webinar on September 27 at 12:00 -1:30 PM EST called Habits of Self-Transforming Leaders. You can sign up here for the webinar and I hope you will. If you are unable to attend live, you can purchase a recording of the information. And, be on the lookout for more opportunities to build your leadership skills through the ALA.
How exciting to see the culmination of the efforts of three of the strategic panels developed as part of the follow-up to the Clinical Education Summit. There are four webinars and discussion boards set up on the ACAPT web site that provides information in preparation for discussion at our annual business meeting during ELC. Check these out and come prepared. Thanks to Shawne Soper who has done a tremendous job of coordinating the ongoing ACAPT efforts to respond to the Summit. Also, thanks to the many members of the three panels under the leadership of Mia Erickson, Common Terminology Panel, Jean Timmerberg, Student Readiness Panel, and Christine McCallum, Integrated Clinical Education Model. And thanks to Mike Sheldon, our ACAPT board liaison. I think you will be impressed with the work and outcomes of these three groups and look forward to the coming ELC dialogue.
This work has been shared with the Educational Leadership Partnership (ELP) members and can be used in their ongoing work. Be sure to register for ELC; we are looking forward to a well-attended and dynamic meeting. Hope to see you there!
Barbara Sanders, PT, PhD, FAPTA and President of ACAPT