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  • Cap Off the Summer By Taking the Challenge

    Believe it or not, the start of school "is just around the corner" or "can't come soon enough," depending on your tolerance for perpetually sticky surfaces and back-to-back Spongebob Squarepants episodes. And what better way to give summer vacation that last final hurrah (or celebrate its end) than by being active as a family and possibly winning a Fitbit?

    The APTA Summer Fit Family Challenge continues through August, and members are encouraged to get their patients and clients—and their own families—involved in this fun way to stay active as a family.

    It's easy to do. Simply visit the Fit Family Challenge webpage on MoveForwardPT.com, download the challenge list, and get moving. Take family photos and share your progress while doing the activities, then post to Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, using #FitFam14, and you'll be entered automatically to win a Fitbit. Four families have already scored one of these cool gadgets, and yours could be next.

    Get moving! And get posting! Next prize winners will be announced August 15 and August 29.

    2014 ELI Fellows Graduate From APTA Education Leadership Institute

    Part of being knowledgeable is knowing that you don't know everything, and 15 seasoned physical therapy educators gained a lot of knowledge and skills in the past year, recognizing that despite their years of teaching there was plenty more to learn through the ABPTRFE-accredited APTA Education Leadership Institute (ELI) Fellowship. These PTs, along with mentorship from 6 experienced leaders in physical therapy education, made up ELI's third cohort of ELI Fellows when they graduated July 20 after completing a yearlong higher education program that consisted of:

    • 9 online modules provided by content expert faculty;
    • 3 face-to-face mentorship sessions and ongoing mentorship provided by experienced physical therapy program directors;
    • higher-education mentorship provided by physical therapy education leaders; and
    • implementation of a personal leadership plan and an institution-based leadership project.

    In addition, the 15 new ELI Fellows cultivated a shared learning community and network with opportunities to integrate curriculum content within their current and future education leadership roles and responsibilities.

    The ELI Fellowship strives to develop physical therapist and physical therapist assistant education program directors with the leadership skills to facilitate change and improvement in the academic environment of the 21st century, think strategically to implement creative solutions in education that respond to changes in health care and society, and engage in public discourse that advances the physical therapy profession.

    Partners who help promote and support the ELI Fellowship include the American Physical Therapy Association, American Council of Academic Physical Therapy, Education Section, and the PTA Educators Special Interest Group. See who graduated from this year's class and find more information about the ELI Fellowship on APTA's website, and view video testimonials of ELI graduates on YouTube.