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Dr. Sybil Knight-Burney is a transformational education leader! As superintendent, she is focused on the critical work of improving student achievement and district performance, preparing students for college and careers, expanding access to early childhood education, supporting educator effectiveness, and engaging parents, families and the community in the educational process. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Knight-Burney served as a supervisory instructor at Harvard University, an adjunct instructor at Lesley University and Framingham State University, and in principal leadership roles at the historic Rindge and Latin School and the Agassiz School in Cambridge, MA.

To advance the transformation of Harrisburg School District, Dr. Knight-Burney has developed the Teacher Leadership Academy; the Summer Leadership Academy; and the Aspiring Urban Leaders Program – a partnership between the District and Shippensburg University. Dr. Knight-Burney serves as Vice President of the Pennsylvania League of Urban School Superintendents, and is a thought-leader and national speaker for the American Association of School Administrators, and a member of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and their Education Research Symposium Committee, which features research of fellows and doctoral students in education leadership programs. Additionally, she serves as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Education – Superintendent’s Academy, which is a central component of Governor Wolf’s vision of equity, and Secretary of Education, Pedro A. Rivera’s Poverty and Student Achievement Initiative. Dr. Knight-Burney received her Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Science from Nova University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University.

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