- New Jersey
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.
"In my role as superintendent of the Bedminster School district and as President of the NJASA, I can say unequivocally that Mr. Engravalle is a leader in planning, developing and infusing cutting edge technology to improve instruction, student and staff assessment and identifying uses to streamline administrative functions"
"New Jersey public education needs bright, energetic administrators like Mr. Engravalle. I am proud to endorse him as an "individual to watch" as his career unfolds."
"...Mr. Engravalle and I have developed a close friendship and enjoy sharing our philosophies about learning and best practices. It is clear that he demonstrates professionalism, has a great knowledge of education, and most importantly, a love of children."
"Mr. Engravalle’s character is without question. He has the ability to communicate and motivate all members of the school community. He talks with, and listens to students. He clearly defines his expectations of teachers, but does so in a nurturing and collegial manner. Mr. Engravalle also understands the importance of making parents a key part of their child’s education."
"Mr. Engravalle is a consummate professional. He is a highly intelligent, energetic, optimistic and results-driven administrator. Mr. Engravalle is not afraid to roll up his shirtsleeves and tackle the most difficult of tasks. He brought a lot of positive change to the Fort Lee School District in a short time. He is responsible for the district's transition to a new student information system, to the creation of a current school policy manual, in addition to several other positive contributions in the areas of curriculum, instruction and management. Mr. Engravalle is a true team player. He is not a top-down administrator. He values the input of his colleagues and subordinates and possesses the unique ability to identify and make great use of those with special talents. As a veteran administrator, I can state with great confidence that Mr. Engravalle possesses all of the requisite skills to attain success as a school leader."
“Steven Engravalle is an exceptional administrator that I have known for over five years....Mr. Engravalle is very progressive and precise. He has the ability to determine how a system can function at a higher level and make the necessary changes to do it. His technology ability is truly outstanding, and he is easily one of the leaders in educational technology in New Jersey. Furthermore, he works well with people on all levels..."
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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Mr. Engravalle taught both College English I and II, as well as Introduction to Compositional Studies at the Paterson, Passaic, and Wanaque campuses.
Mr. Engravalle proudly served the Hamburg School District in the following roles:
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Mr. Engravalle proudly served the Franklin Borough School District in the following roles:
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
Engravalle, S. (2011). Pathways to success. OnTarget, 1(1), 8. Retrieved from http://www.njasa.net/cms/lib/NJ07000175/Centricity/ModuleInstance/322/sept_11ot.pdf
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