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Sam Spiegel


    • Roles: Project Director, Project Professional Developer, Project Staff, Advisory Board Member, Project Guest


  • Higher Ed: Education 


Sam Spiegel, Ph.D. is a Science Educator in the Professional Development Center at Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS) and the Disciplinary Literacy Science Chair at the Institute for Learning. Prior to joining BSCS, he served as Director of Research & Development for a multimedia development company and as Director of the Center for Integrating Research & Learning (CIRL) at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida State University. Under Dr. Spiegel's leadership the CIRL matured into a thriving Center recognized as one of the leading National Science Foundation Laboratories for activities to promote science, mathematics, and technology education. While at Florida State University, Dr. Spiegel also directed the Science FEAT program. Science FEAT was an award winning teacher enhancement program for middle grades science teachers.
His extensive background in science education includes experiences as both a middle school and high school science teacher, conducting and supervising educational research, working with high-risk youth in alternative education and living-centers, working in science museums, designing distance learning courses, multimedia curriculum development, as well as working with the professional development of teachers. He was honored for his efforts in teacher education by the Association for the Education of Teachers of Science (AETS) with the Innovation in Teaching Science Teachers award in 1997. 


professional development; discourse & argumentation in the classroom; scientific inquiry; action research; disciplinary literacy in science 


Spiegel, S.A., Bintz, J., Taylor, J., Landes, N, & Jordan, D. 2009. Disciplinary Literacy in the Science Classroom. In McConachie, SM & Petrosky, AR (Eds). Content Matters: Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning. Jossey-Bass: SanFrancisco, CA

Spiegel, S.A.; Foulk, D. (2006). Reducing Overweight through a Multidisciplinary, School-based Intervention. Obesity Research. 2006; 14 (1):1-9

Flynn, L.R.; Milton, S.; Curva, F.; Spiegel, S.; Dixon, P.J. (2004). Three-year outcomes of exposure to a science curriculum. Psychology Reports. 2004; 94 (2): 668.