Everyone has a story to tell. Our stories document our journeys and who we are in this world. However, we often underestimate the impact of our stories and how our stories connect us to our purpose and to each other.

Several years ago, in my role as Superintendent, I had the opportunity to attend a conference designed for female administrators and met Dr. Robyn Jackson, a young African-American woman who owned an educational professional development company. She shared stories from her past about her teaching experiences that were familiar to everyone in the room. They were stories about her worst…


“I’m completely overwhelmed!”; “I’m so stressed out!”; “I’m burned out!”, and “I just can’t sleep at night.” These are just some of the emotions that have been expressed in many of my conversations with my colleagues regarding the many difficult challenges COVID-19 has ushered into the educational community. Phrases like “this is the new normal” have become a seemingly unending paradox for educators throughout every state and on all levels of our educational systems. Once a place of stability and safety for many of our children, our schools have now become a place of fear, where the health and welfare…


A few years ago, I had the opportunity to sit down with the authors of “The Emerging Work of Today’s Superintendent”. It was a great conversation about what I personally see as the challenges educational leaders face in today’s school systems. Enjoy….

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Superintendents are in public eye every minute of every day. How do you manage your personal and professional life to create your own space?

My personal and professional lives first crossed paths beginning in the third grade. I was eight years old and one of ten children used to integrate schools due to a court order to…


As I sit in my usual seat for our regular Monday night Board meeting, I notice an exceptionally large contingent of teachers adorned in their dark blue union T-shirts assembling into our board room. Time is drawing near for our administration to negotiate a new contract. I wonder what issues they will bring tonight to the public as they try to make their case for salary adjustments. Will they speak about how much time it takes to write lesson plans? Or make a case for having longer lunch or teacher preparation time? Whatever the topic, I sit tall and try…

Dr. Sybil Knight-Burney

Strategic & Visionary Leader | Founder @ The Transformational Leadership Agency (http://thetlagency.com) | Passionate about Effective & Equitable Education

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