Cindy Knight, MS, SSP, is a Network Capacity Coach in the Central Region. She has 33 years
experience as an educator serving as a School Psychologist, Department Supervisor, and
Director of Special Education. Through a multi-tiered systems model, she provides coaching
and technical assistance to help districts establish a continuum of practices and supports based
on their needs. Her leadership and coaching experience provides vision, direction, and cohesion
of practices leading to better effectiveness, efficiency and improved student outcomes. Cindy
specializes in administration of special education and prevention programs with particular
attention devoted to strengthening relationships between general education, special education
and alternative/at-risk student programs and building equitable, inclusive practices at all levels.
She has expertise in leadership development, continuous improvement processes, integrating
and scaling up multi-tiered systems of support, building collaborative teams and culture,
embedding trauma-informed practices, and facilitating family-school-community collaboration.
Cindy is credentialed in PERA evaluation processes for both principals and teachers. She
earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Millikin University and completed
graduate work in School Psychology and Educational Leadership at Western Illinois University
and the University of Illinois-Springfield.
In addition to her work with local and state educational systems, Cindy has served as an
Adjunct Instructor for Quincy University in both graduate and undergraduate teacher prep
programs and has worked as a consultant to programs for students with autism, complex
trauma and multiple disabilities. She has regularly supervised and mentored new teachers,
administrators and related service providers, strengthening connections between preparatory
programs in higher education and field-level needs/service opportunities. Cindy has also
provided leadership to large-scale systems integration and visioning as the Lead Educational
Agent for The Children’s MOSAIC Project, a system of care project funded by the Illinois
Children’s Healthcare Foundation. This project connected schools with community mental
health providers and primary care physicians, leading to integration of mental health screenings
in schools and embedding services in the most vulnerable neighborhoods and schools in the
community. Cindy has served as an invited speaker at local, state and national conferences on
topics of systems change, leadership development, at-risk youth initiatives, mental health in
schools, and family engagement.