Steven J. LoCascio, Ed.D.


Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ed.D Indiana Pennsylvania; Administration and Leadership Studies, May 2011.

New Jersey City University, MA Jersey City, New Jersey; Special Education Certification, Masters of Education in Special Education, December 2008.

Saint Peter’s College, MA Jersey City, New Jersey; Masters in Education, Double Major, Teaching and Administration and Supervision, May 1999.

East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, PA; BA, Political Science; Minor, Criminal Justice Administration, May 1993.

Currently-Held Certifications

  • New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility, School Administrator (Superintendent)
  • New Jersey Standard Certificate, School Principal/Supervisor
  • New Jersey Standard Certificate, Elementary School Teacher
  • New Jersey Certificate of Eligibility, Teacher of Students with Disabilities

Administrative Experience

  • New Jersey City University, A. Harry Moore School – Jersey City, New Jersey

Assistant Principal, August  2003 – September 2015

Responsible for student discipline and staff coverages. Evaluate staff members, including teachers, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, and para-professionals. Act as liason between sending districts, bus companies, and parents. Seek outside funding through grant proposals. Collaborate with NJCU administration to create new academic/therapeutic facility to accommodate current student body. Work with NJCU professors to ensure proper training of student teachers. Process substitute teacher certifications through the State Department of Education. Participate as acting member of local professional development committee and ensures professional staffs’ compliance with one hundred hour, professional development requirement. Participated in the development of a transition program for secondary students. Create and implement new curriculum aligned to the standards and worked with all state required assessments.

  • Mount Saint Joseph Children’s Center (A Private Paterson Diocean School Publically-Funded) – Totowa, New Jersey

Principal, July 2001 – July 2002

Administrated in a school that served an emotionally-disturbed population servicing grade levels one through nine. Responsible for professional staff. Ensured student progress by working very closely with clinical staff and state agencies. Contacted sending districts to coordinate timely payment of tuition. Implemented ESPA and GEPA testing in accordance with state guidelines. Participated on the local professional development committee and ensured that all state paperwork was completed so teachers can obtain standard certification.

Elementary Education, Teaching Experience

  • Paterson Public Schools – Paterson, New Jersey

L.E.A.P Tutor, 2002 – 2003

Coordinated with first and fifth grade reading classroom teachers to implement federally-mandated “No Child Left Behind” program guidelines by identifying at-risk, below-grade reading level students. Administered DRA-leveled assessment. Tutored one-on-one and within small groups to enhance reading skills of students previously identified as “at risk”. Implemented the “Read 180” program. Responsible for the administration of the building in the absence of the principal.

  • Paterson Public Schools – Paterson, New Jersey

School Management Team Member, Teacher, 1997 – 2001

Responsible for a self-contained, third-grade classroom in an urban setting. Member of a school-based management system established by the state for Abbott district (financially-disadvantaged school systems.) Taught the E.S.P.A. after-school program.

Higher Education, Teaching Experience

  • Kean University – Hillside, New Jersey

Director of Educational Leadership, October 2015Present

Responsible for administering a comprehensive graduate program consisting of several masters degrees and certificate programs in addition to a doctoral program. Responsible for scheduling, advising, reports and course development management. Supervise full time professors, Doctoral coordinator, and many adjuncts. Serving on several dissertation committees and teach majority of the classes in the master’s program. Supervise students in the field and work with student inquiries for the school business administrator program in the China campus. Responsible for recruitment and maintenance of students. Responsible for adhering to all accrediting standards. Handles all admissions for the department and developed the entire master’s degree program online. Chair and committee member for many dissertation committees. Currently developing a digital leadership program. Submitted both Middle States and ELCC accreditation reports. Created a digital leadership program and awaiting for approval for implementation.

  • Saint Peter’s University – Jersey City, New Jersey

Adjunct Professor, May  2013 – Present

Currently teaching courses in the Special Education Department at the Master’s level. Taught courses in Curriculum Development and Community Relations. Work with Blackboard and utilize NCATE standards.

  • New Jersey City University – Jersey City, New Jersey

Adjunct Professor, May  2002 – Present

Currently teaching in Educational Leadership Department, mainly to students desiring to become school administrators and/or supervisors. Current course load includes Personnel, Supervision and Staff Development. Manage on-campus class and online courses through Blackboard discussion forums, NICENET, and MOODLE, as well as personal electronic mail communications. Use rubrics to measure adequacy of assessments. Attend College of Education professional development retreat regarding satisfaction of TEAC standards. Work with the department to create the reliability of department assessments.

  • Raritan Valley Community College, in Collaboration with New Jersey City University – Branchburg, New Jersey

Adjunct Professor, January 2004 – May  2004

Taught a foundations course to second career teachers through the New Jersey Pathways Program. Topics included classroom management, curriculum, and the identification of problems. This was through the department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Dissertation Advisement

  • New Jersey City University-Mike Russell-Fire Chief Perception of Unmanned Aircraft System: A Diffusion Study-Member-5/16 graduation
  • Kean University-John Tichia-The Impact of Instrumental Music Instruction on Academic Achievement-Member
  • Kean University-Natashia S. Baxter- An Investigation of Teacher Evaluation Ratings and Its Relationship to Student Performance – Member-5/16 graduation
  • Kean University-Johan Manuel Rojas-Perceptions Matter-Teachers’ and Students’ Perceptions of the Advanced Placement Programs in an Urban Setting-Member-5/16 graduation

Higher Education Teaching Competencies

EDLD 601     School Law

EDLD 615     Critical Issue in Urban Education

EDLD 640     Home, School, and Community Relations

EDLD 646     Innovations in Curriculum and Educational Leadership

EDLD 660     Principles of Sup and Hum Res Mgmt

EDLD 662     Principles of Curriculum Development and Evaluation

EDLD 665     Personnel, Supervision and Staff Development

EDLD 669     Measurement and Supervision of Learning and Teaching

EDLD 685     Found Polic Polt Sys Urb Sch

EDLD 690     Internship for Urb Sch Pers I

GE-615     Instructional Strategies for Students with Disabilities

GE-652     Curriculum Development for Students with Disabilities

GE-654     Strategies for School, Home, & Community Relationships

ELL-5030     Research

ELL-5503     Public Administration II

ELL-5813/5814     Clinical Practicum in Administration and Supervision I and II

Current Research Interest/Publications

  • How Induction Programs Affect the Decision of Alternate Route Urban Teachers to Remain Teaching. Lead author Education and Urban Society 201x, Vol xx (x) 1-24. Sage Publications 2013.
  • The Alternative Proficiency Assessment (APA). Work on a study presented at the TRED conference U-Mass-Dartmouth.
  • The Alternative Proficiency Assessment (APA)-document submitted and accepted for publication through U-Mass-Dartmouth 2014.
  • Doctoral student attrition- presented at the NEERO conference in April 2013.
  • Article; “Creating Comprehensive Mentoring Programs”. Published by New Jersey City University Academic Forum. Volume XVII Spring 2012.
  • Reading Strategies For low Incidence Disabilities-Presented at NJASL 2015 Fall Conference.
  • Digital Leadership: A New Paradigm Shift-EdTech Researcher-Education Week-April 2016.

Professional Service

  • College of Education, New Jersey City University, Hiring Committee Member of several committees, Fall 2003 – present.
  • Department of Special Education, New Jersey City University, Presentation to Pre-Service Teachers; Topic: Resume Writing and Career Exploration, Spring 2007.
  • East Stroudsburg Public School District, East Stroudsburg, PA, Conducted Action-Research which led to the creation of an after-school program; research included site visits, written surveys, and face-to-face meetings with administration and faculty to facilitate needs assessment. Set up power point presentation for board members, superintendent, and stakeholders on findings of needs assessment.
  • Special Olympics volunteer.
  • Board of Education- President-Essex Fells Public School.
  • Doctoral Advisory Committee (East Stroudsburg University).
  • Youth Soccer Coach-F-9 license.
  • IRB member Kean University.
  • Parent Ambassador-Barnstable Academy-Private College Prepatory School-Oakland NJ.

Dissertation Committee Member (Completed Dissertations)

    • Brower, R. E. (2017). Influence of the MOSAIC project on student achievement, behavior, and their overall perceptions of school climate in grades 7 and grade 8 (Doctoral Dissertation). Union, NJ: Kean University. (Chair).

University Events

    • Understanding the Vice Principal/Assistant Principal Position in New Jersey Public Schools. Date: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017. Location: East Campus. (Lead Collaborator)
    • Issues and Solutions across School Based Disciplines: An Interdisciplinary Workshop with the Departments of Educational Leadership and Advanced Studies in Psychology. Date: Monday, February 27th, 2017. Location: East Campus. (Collaborator)

Non-Profit Organizational Service and Affiliations

  • Member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)(2004-current)
  • Member of The Essex Fells Public School Special Services Committee (2007-2008)
  • Member of The Essex Fells Public School Board of Education (2009-current)-Current President
  • Member-Kappa Delta Pi-Educational Honor Society (2009- current)
  • Volunteer for The Special Olympics (2008-current)
  • Parent Ambassador-Barnstable Academy-(2015-current)

Contact Information for Professional References

  • Dr. Virginia Reiner, Professor-Academic Counselor, East Stroudsburg University/former employer-College of Saint Elizabeth. Current employee of Drew University-973-598-1538 or cell-908-295-5979.
  • Ms. Melissa Pearce, Supervisor of Special Education-State of New Jersey-908-963-3748.
  • Dr. Susan Phifer-Co-Chair-Educational Leadership-New Jersey City University-908-251-4813 or cell-908-251-4813.
  • Dr. Faith Waters, Professor Emeritus-East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania-570-242-6405.
  • Mr. Steve Goldberg-Principal- A. Harry Moore School-Jersey City-210-200-3287.
  • Dr. Jeffrey Beck-Dean-Nathan Weiss Graduate College-Kean University-908-675-2866.