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.