Established in 2016, the Education Leadership Partnership (ELP) includes representatives from APTA, the Education Section of APTA, and the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT).
To guide its work, in November 2016 the ELP adopted the purpose statement of "reducing unwarranted variation in practice by focusing on best practices in education."
A leadership committee of the ELP comprises 3 categories of members. Nine voting members represent the 3 partnering groups (3 each). In addition are 2 nonvoting ex officio members and up to 3 nonvoting members. Leadership committee members typically will serve staggered 3-year terms.
Voting members by organization:
- ACAPT representatives: Zoher Kapasi, PT, PhD, MBA (chair), Nancy Reese, PT, PhD, MHSA, Scott Ward, PT, PhD, FAPTA
- APTA representatives: Susan Appling, PT, DPT, PhD, Roger Herr, PT, MPA, Bob Rowe, PT, DPT, DMT, MHS
- Education Section representatives: Laurie Kontney, PT, DPT, MS, Jennifer Mai, PT, DPT, PhD, Sandy Quillen, PT, DPT, PhD
- CAPTE representatives: Sandra Wise, PhD, Pam Ritzline, PT, EdD
- Clinical community representatives: None
- ACAPT: Sandy Rossi
- APTA: Steven Chesbro, PT, DPT, EdD, Bill Boissonnault, PT, DHSc, FAPTA
- Education Section: Julia Rice
The chair of the partnership rotates annually among the 3 organizations. Herr, representing APTA, served as the inaugural chair. Kapasi, representing ACAPT, assumed the chair in June 2017. A representative from the Education Section will become chair in June 2018.
Work of the ELP
The ELP holds monthly conference calls, with face-to-face meetings at Combined Sections Meeting, NEXT, and the Education Leadership Conference. To date the work of the partnership has focused on recommendations from the Excellence in Physical Therapist Education Task Force, with an additional focus on student debt, and the Best Practice for Physical Therapist Clinical Education Task Force.
The ELP will produce annual reports to share with the boards of the 3 member organizations. The partnership plans to submit its 2017 Annual Report by March 2018.