Summary

Steven Engravalle is a passionate champion for all children, committed to ensuring that schools meet the needs of all learners they serves in a safe, clean, 21st century educational environment. Mr. Engravalle formerly served as the Superintendent of the Fort Lee Public Schools. He began his tenure as Fort Lee's Chief Education Officer in November of 2011 in an interim capacity and was officially appointed to the post on July 1, 2012. Immediately upon taking the reigns of the Northern New Jersey school district in 2011, Engravalle firmly established himself as the community's top instructional leader and steward of the educational vision of the District. Through his dedicated efforts, he successfully mitigated any disruption to the educational process for children during an arduous leadership transition, and after being instantly confronted with unsafe and aging facilities and after two previous attempts at passing a public bond referendum to make necessary improvements had failed by over 700 votes during the previous year, Mr. Engravalle initiated and coordinated a community engagement campaign that clearly and effectively communicated the pressing need for passing a $30.2 million bond referendum. On January 24, 2012, Engravalle's efforts and leadership resulted in 62 percent of the ballots voting in favor of the proposal: the first in three decades. Additionally, in February 2012, Mr. Engravalle partnered with MapEverywhere, the leading provider of offline, interactive venue maps for smart-phones,to create detailed, hand-held maps of each of its six schools. The maps were hosted off-premises by local police and fire units, as well as, in the hands of school administrators and served as a vital reference tool for all emergency first responders.  Fort Lee was the first school district in the country to use the company's MapOS technology to map schools. 

Mr. Engravalle actively advocated and spoke on education and civic issues with organizations in Northern New Jersey as well as at the state and federal level and serves as a consultant on education issues to both state and federal legislators. To this day, he is frequently invited as a guest of the Governor's Office to attend his Town Hall meetings and other events to support education reform in New Jersey. Most notably, Mr. Engravalle appeared alongside Governor Christie and other nationally recognized education leaders as a guest on the live broadcast of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on March 2, 2012. His efforts were also recognized nationally in October of 2011 by Turner News Corporation when he was contacted to appear on national television as an expert guest on New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights legislation on HLN Network's “The Dr. Drew Show”

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Engravalle served Fort Lee beginning in July 2010 as Assistant Superintendent of Schools. In that role, he developed strategies for increased student achievement, focused professional development for educators, and enhanced school accountability measures that included employing policies and practices to facilitate data-driven decision-making for schools, which resulted in two district schools achieving "Safe Harbor" status after failing to make AYP the year before. Additionally, he proposed and implemented a plan for district-wide review of all curricula and alignment with Common Core Standards and infusion of 21st century skills; provided online, individualized professional development for teachers and administrators; facilitated the implementation of Teachscape Classroom Walk-through and Data Collection Tool online teacher evaluation system aligned to The Framework for Teaching: a research-based set of components of instruction, grounded in a constructivist view of learning and teaching designed by Charlotte Danielson; and coordinated the district-wide deployment of Pearson’s PowerSchool SIS, resulting in increased transparency and more effective instructional delivery for all students. As would be expected, student achievement increased in most all areas under Steven Engravalle's leadership, and in areas where it did not meet his expectations, strategic, calculated change was affected to result in the remedy of such deficiencies in instructional delivery and district operations.

Steven Engravalle’s tenure in Fort Lee expanded upon the work Mr. Engravalle began as an English teacher, building technology leader, athletics coach, and adult night school instructor in Bergenfield, New Jersey and has spanned a variety of successful educational positions and roles over his career. Mr. Engravalle has served as the superintendent in Hamburg, New Jersey beginning in 2007, where he distinguished himself among his peers by increasing student achievement across the district; emphasizing increased academic rigor and accountability; standardizing and horizontally and vertically aligning all district curricula; advancing the use of technology in all classrooms; implementing effective, child-centered, special needs programs; increasing and innovating school security safety policies, procedures, and practices in coordination with local, county, state, and federal officials; fostering sound business and civic partnerships; creating shared service agreements to decrease costs and increase services; updating and improving facilities; creating a school district brand; engendering community engagement through Web 2.0; emphasizing community and family engagement efforts aimed at supporting all children in the classroom; and developing a collegial, collaborative relationship with the Board of Education.

Additionally, Mr. Engravalle served for three years as the Chair of the State Technology Committee for theNew Jersey Association of School Administrators(NJASA). Through this position, Mr. Engravalle collaborated with the New Jersey Department of Education and all school district leaders statewide to promote technological innovations in all of New Jersey's schools that led to enhanced pedagogical practices for developing 21st century learners and advancing fiscally responsible, thorough, and efficient school district operations. As State Chair, Mr. Engravalle also had the pleasure of annually chairing NJASA's Techspo: the premiere educational technology training and exposition convention in the Northeast held each year in Atlantic City, NJ. Under his leadership, Techspo became more than just a trade show that generated annual revenue for the NJASA; it became a the state's largest educational technology training opportunity for school leaders, support staff, and most importantly, teacher-leaders.

After the tragic death of his 40 year old wife, Samantha, in the summer of 2012 after just an 11-week battle with pancreatic cancer, Steven Engravalle stepped down from his position as Superintendent of Schools to focus on what is most important in his life: his family. Although Steven Engravalle is still called upon to consult his former colleagues in the field, political leaders, and education advocates almost weekly, Mr. Engravalle remains mainly focused on caring for his two stepchildren, Joseph and Jessica, and properly healing his family from their immeasurable loss. As a result, Steven Engravalle has thus far turned down frequent offers to return to the field which he loves.

It is inevitable that once his family is properly cared for, Steven Engravalle shall return to field of education full-time to resume his role as 21st century school leader, educational technology pioneer, education change-agent, thought-leader, education reformist, and most importantly, advocate for the voiceless.Rest assured, with each moment that passes, that day is getting closer.

Education

Education

Certifications

Certifications

Teacher of English, P-12 (Standard)

New Jersey Department of Education

Supervisor (Standard)

New Jersey Department of Education

Principal/Supervisor (Standard)

New Jersey Department of Education

School Administrator (Standard)

New Jersey Department of Education

Work History

Work History
Jul 2012 - Mar 2013

Superintendent of Schools

Fort Lee Public Schools

The Fort Lee Board of Education appointed Steven Engravalle as Superintendent of Schools as of July 1, 2012. In this role, Mr. Engravalle serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Education and as Superintendent and Chief Education Officer in administering Board policies in all operations of a Pre-K through 12 school district with more than 3,800 students, over 400 staff members, and a budget of over $57 million. He also acts as an advisor to the Board of Education, keeping all members informed of the needs and programs of the school district. The Superintendent is also available to the Board as a professional resource, and his recommendations normally precede any Board actions relating to recruitment, hiring, and supervision of personnel, selection of textbooks and instructional materials, development of curriculum, long-term planning, and fiscal affairs.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS (Partial List):

  • Increased student achievement and SAT results
  • Successfully passed $30,206,077 bond referendum on first attempt, after at least three failed attempts by previous administrations, making the district eligible for $9,775,611 in state reimbursement
  • Eliminated redundant services and decreased spending resulting in a savings of over $2 million
  • Revised all curricula to provide for technology integration and horizontal and vertical alignment
  • Directed and supervised the acquisition of over $1 million in new texts and resources district-wide to ensure each child was granted access to the same resources and materials for the first time in 29 years
  • Conceived and guided technological innovations including a revision to the district's out-dated technology plan; creating a paperless central administration and board of education; mandating digital staff evaluations; instituting online grading and student data management; planning for districtwide wifi; implementing Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks
  • Redrafted and updated district policy manual
  • Devised and implemented districtwide school security improvements
  • Favorably negotiated the reinstatement of full-time School Resource Officer at high school campus
  • Once again revolutionized school security by working with MapEverywhere® to harness the power of their MapOS® point-to-point navigation software for use in schools and other public buildings
  • Protected and counseled the district through tumultuous times that included the tragic deaths of two high school pupils
2010 - 2013

Chair of the State Technology Committee

New Jersey Association of School Administrators

Mr. Engravalle is honored and proud to serve as the Chair of the State Technology Committee for the New Jersey Association of School Administrators* (NJASA). Through this position, Mr. Engravalle collaborates with the New Jersey Department of Education and all school district leaders statewide to promote technological innovations in all of New Jersey's schools that enhance pedagogical practices to develop 21st century learners and advance fiscally responsible, thorough, and efficient school district operations. As State Chair, Mr. Engravalle also has the pleasure of annually chairing NJASA's Techspo: the premiere educational technology training and exposition convention in the Northeast held each year in Atlantic City, NJ.*The NJASA is the unifying professional association of New Jersey school district leaders and Chief Education Officers. Its mission is to ensure a superior statewide system of education by influencing and effecting educational policy, regulations, and legislation as well as by maximizing the capacity and effectiveness of school leaders through professional development programs and support services.

2012 - 2013

Gubernatorial Appointment to The New Jersey Education Funding Task Force

State of New Jersey

Mr. Engravalle was appointed by the Governor as one of the seven representatives from the public and private sectors to serve on the New Jersey Education Funding Task Force to evaluate the effectiveness of the Free and Reduced Price School Lunch Program as a proxy for measuring “at risk” students and, more broadly, make recommendations to address areas of the school funding formula that may be subject to manipulation, fraud, or distortion, including municipal tax abatement programs, in effort to ensure that education dollars are distributed in a more equitable manner for every child in New Jersey.

Nov 2011 - Jun 2012

Superintendent of Schools (Interim)

Fort Lee Public Schools

The Fort Lee Board of Education appointed Steven Engravalle as Interim Superintendent of Schools from November 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012. In the role, Mr. Engravalle served as a non-voting member of the Board of Education and as Superintendent and Chief Education Officer in administering Board policies in all operations of a Pre-K through 12 school district with more than 3,700 students, over 400 staff members, and a budget of over $54 million. He also acted as an advisor to the Board of Education, keeping all members informed of the needs and programs of the school district. As Superintendent, he also served the Board as a professional resource, and his recommendations normally preceded any Board actions relating to recruitment, hiring, and supervision of personnel, selection of textbooks and instructional materials, development of curriculum, long-term planning, and fiscal affairs.

Jul 2010 - Oct 2011

Assistant Superintendent of Schools

Fort Lee Public Schools

As Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Engravalle supervised the day-to-day operations of a Pre-K through 12 school district with more than 3,700 students, over 400 staff members, and a budget of over $54 million. He also acts as an advisor in keeping the Superintendent and the Board informed of the needs and programs of the schools, as well as, supervising all aspects of academics and curricula, staff development, board policy, technology, personnel management, legal matters, and school events

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS (Partial List):

  • Increased student achievement every year
  • Redrafted and updated district policy manual
  • Instituted paperless teacher evaluations using Teachscape’s Classroom Walkthrough via iPads
  • Implemented Pearson’s PowerSchool SIS district-wide in four months to help teachers and administrators help students and parents more effectively
2007 - 2010

Superintendent

Hamburg School District

During his tenure in Hamburg, he led a full revision of all district curricula and an update and/or enhancement to all program offerings along with the implementation of innovative technologies in the classroom and central office, which led to increased student achievement and fiscal solvency for the district. Understanding the importance of well-managed and safe schools, Mr. Engravalle also upgraded all district facilities and developed and implemented district-wide school safety policies, procedures, and practices in coordination with local, county, and state officials.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS (Partial List):

  • Coordinated first shared-service business services agreement in Sussex County
  • Facilitated launch and implementation of PowerSchool SIS Parent Portal - first in Sussex County
  • Added 21st Century classrooms to offer multi-modal learning experiences
  • Designed, launched, and maintained interactive district website that received over 7,000 unique visitors a month
  • Led composition of district-wide curricular revisions using UbD
  • Implemented full-day kindergarten program
  • Created Multiply Disabled program to bring out-of-district placements home
  • Enhanced community awareness, trust, and involvement through constant communication
  • Formulated and implemented fully transparent fiscal policies
  • Redrafted and updated district policy manual
2008 - 2010

County Delegate to the State Technology Committee (Sussex)

New Jersey Association of School Administrators
2003 - 2008

Adjunct Professor

Passaic County Community College

Mr. Engravalle taught both College English I and II, as well as Introduction to Compositional Studies at the Paterson, Passaic, and Wanaque campuses.

2006 - 2007

Principal

Hamburg School District

Mr. Engravalle proudly served the Hamburg School District in the following roles:

  • Director of Testing
  • Affirmative Action Officer
  • Coordinator of the No Child Left Behind Grant
  • ADA Coordinator
  • Administrator of Student Information System (PowerSchool)

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS (Partial List):

  • Increased student achievement
  • Decreased non-essential expenses and increased funding for classroom activities
  • Designed, launched, and maintained interactive district website that received over 7,000 uniquevisitors a month
  • Lowered staff absenteeism; increased staff morale
  • Created a school district brand identity
  • Enhanced school spirit and extracurricular program offerings for students
  • Promoted literacy through the creation of annual "Reading Challenge"
  • Created and composed "Principal's Newsletter" which increased home/school/community relations
  • Revolutionized school security by becoming the first school district in New Jersey to allow police officers to view school district security cameras remotely from their patrol cars
2004 - 2006

Vice Principal

Franklin Borough School District

Mr. Engravalle proudly served the Franklin Borough School District in the following roles:

  • Director of Testing
  • Supervisor of Technology
  • Federal Grants Coordinator
  • Supervisor of the Child Study Team
  • Administrator of Student Information Systems
  • Lead Teacher of Writing
  • Director of Athletics

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS (Partial List):◆ Supported school-wide improvement◆ Promoted and bolstered home/school/community relationships◆ Enhanced safety, security, and school climate through the introduction of innovative programs◆ Imagined and actualized photo/video editing studio/student club◆ Conceived and constructed school-wide writing center◆ Rebooted student athletics awards

Professional Publications

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of School Administrators
  • New Jersey Association of School Administrators
  • Bergen County Association of School Administrators
  • District Management Council
  • New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association
  • National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • American Association of School Personnel Administrators
  • Phi Delta Kappa International
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • District Administration Leadership Institute
  • International Society for Technology in Education
  • New Jersey Association for Educational Technology

Professional Presentations

  • Appeared as a guest on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" alongside New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to discuss education reform, 2012 
  • Presented "Maximizing Human Capital  By Enhancing Teaching Capacity: A holistic approach to formative assessments, data driven decision making, and rater reliability using the Teachscape model" for the New Jersey Department of Education Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Office of Governance and Leadership Conference on Observations and Evaluations: Teacher Accountability & Effectiveness, Mahwah, NJ, Ramapo College of New Jersey, 2012
  • Presented "Maximizing Human Capital  By Enhancing Teaching Capacity: A holistic approach to formative assessments, data driven decision making, and rater reliability using the Teachscape model" for the New Jersey Department of Education Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Office of Governance and Leadership Conference on Observations and Evaluations: Teacher Accountability & Effectiveness in Edison, NJ at Middlesex County College Campus Center, 2012
  • Presented "Teacher Evaluation Reform Using Technology" at the New Jersey Association of School Administrators Techspo Conference in Atlantic City NJ, 2012
  • Presented "School Safety Comes With a Map: Case Study featuring the Fort Lee Public Schools and MapEverywhere" at the New Jersey Association of School Administrators Techspo Conference in Atlantic City NJ, 2012
  • Appeared as an expert guest on "The Dr. Drew Show" aired on CNN's HLN Network to discuss New Jersey's anti-bullying legislation, 2011
  • Presented "Building Teaching Capacity in the Schools: How Fort Lee Public Schools Plans (FLPS) to Achieve Teacher Effectiveness" at the New Jersey Association of School Administrators Techspo Conference in Atlantic City NJ, 2011
  • Presented "School Threat Assessment and Response" in conjunction with the New Jersey State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the Butler Public School District, Butler, NJ, 2008
  • Presented "The Common Pitfalls of a First Year Teacher" at Westbrook Middle School, Paramus, NJ, 2008
  • Presented "Developing a Philosophy" at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ, 2006
  • Presented "Marketing Yourself: From Student to Professional" at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ, 2006
  • Presented "Infusing Writing into the Health and Physical Education Curriculum" District In-service Program for the Irvington Public Schools, Irvington, NJ, 2006
  • Presented "Infusing Writing into the Fine Arts Curriculum" District In-service Program for the Irvington Public Schools, Irvington, NJ, 2006
  • Presented "Marketing Yourself: From Student to Professional" Career Advancement Luncheon Seminar at Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ, 2005 
  • Presented "An Introduction to the Teaching Profession" at Ramapo College of New Jersey's Job Fair Symposium, Mahwah, NJ, 2004 
  • Presented "Integrating Writing, Research, and Technology" at the New Jersey School Boards Association Convention, Atlantic City, NJ, 2003
  • Presented District In-service Programs "Introduction to Web-based Research", "Microsoft Word in the Classroom", "Microsoft PowerPoint in the Classroom", "Smart Teaching with a SmartBoard", "Infusing Technology into the Curriculum with IDE Portal", "Bergenfield Public School District Network Essentials" for the Bergenfield Public Schools in Bergenfield, NJ, 2003
  • Presented District In-service Programs "Microsoft Word and PowerPoint in the Classroom", "The Internet and Basic Web Design for Educators", "E-Grading: Using Gradekeeper, Micrograde, and Microsoft Excel", "Introduction to WebQuests and Web Based Learning" for the Bergenfield Public Schools in Bergenfield, NJ, 2002
  • Presented Staff Development Program "Teacher Tech Boot Camp: WebQuest Design and Implementation" for the Bergen County ETTC in Hackensack, NJ 2002
  • Presented Staff Development Program " Teacher Tech Boot Camp: Integrating Technology in the Classroom" for the Bergen County ETTC in Hackensack, NJ 2001
  • Presented District In-service Programs "Creating a Classroom Web page with Microsoft FrontPage", "Working with Microsoft Office 2000" for the Bergenfield Public Schools in Bergenfield, NJ, 2001

Career Profile

Steven Engravalle is an inspiring, passionate, and experienced 21st century educational leader whose documented professional successes include facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community as well as nurturing and sustaining an organizational culture, climate, and instructional program that promotes rigorous and relevant student learning and growth and includes ongoing, job-embedded professional development of all staff

Honors and Awards