Sara and Michael

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger

Outspoken Literacy Consultants

Author/Educators Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger visit schools worldwide providing author visits, professional development and classroom workshops in writing, comprehension strategies, and public speaking for students K-12.

High-energy performance poets, Sara and Michael are frequent presenters at schools and conferences in the United States and over 35 countries. They provide lively, interactive assemblies, spirited classroom experiences, and engaging PD.

“We can show you writing engagement strategies that will help make your students’ learning more visible.” – Michael Salinger

“Our collaborative snapshot writing lessons help kids question, synthesize, summarize and evidence their learning.” – Sara Holbrook

All kids, all subject areas.

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creativity . collaboration . engagement .

Our Writing Strategies

foster engagement • build literacy skills • expand vocabulary • deepen understanding • encourage close reading • make learning visible

Our Public Speaking Strategies

scaffold public speaking • build confidence • create community • combat stage fright • encourage collaboration • support risk taking • make learning visible

Our Team

We are sought-out award-winning performers and authors of many books for children – both story and textbooks. We captivate students – and educators!

April 21, 2017

The only kind of school choice that makes sense.

I think it would do us well to look a bit closer at the folks who are setting our education agenda. Are they forcing their proclivities downstream? Does a billionaire software engineer really understand the kid who is going to grow up to be a philosophy professor? Does a wealthy political donor comprehend the learning needs of a kid on the spectrum?

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April 6, 2017

The Enemy – Detroit 1954

Here’s a little vid we put together as a trailer for Sara to use before her book talks for her new novel.

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April 5, 2017

Making Poetry Matter

A little blog we wrote for our friends in Pennsylvania

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Upcoming...

January 16-20, 2017

International School of Tanganyika - Tanzania,

January 30-February 3, 2017

International School of Kenya - Nairobi, Kenya

February 16-18, 2017

Write to Learn conference - Osage Beach, MO

February 27-March 25, 2017

Shanghai American School - Shanghai, China

March 27-31, 2017

Nansha College Preparatory Academy - Nansha, China

April 22, 2017

Wright State University Language Arts Fair - Dayton, Ohio

May 10-12, 2017

Eastern Middle School - Greenwich, Connecticut

July 12-13, 2017

Michigan Reading Association - Shanty Creek Bellaire, Michigan

July 19-21, 2017

Judson University Education Doctoral Program - Elgin, Illinois

July 30-August 3, 2017

Judson University Education Doctoral Program - Writer's Retreat - Shanty Creek Bellaire, Michigan

October 12-13, 2017

Upper Peninsula Reading Association - Northern Michigan University - Marquette, Michigan

November 16, 2017

Arkansas Reading Association Conference - Little Rock, Arkansas

November 17-19, 2017

NCTE - St. Louis, Missouri

February 16-17, 2018

ECIS Library Conference - Chennai, India

March 19-21, 2018

Anglo-American School of Moscow - Moscow, Russia

March 23, 2018

Anglo-American School of St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg, Russia

March 26-30, 2018

American International School of Bucharest - Bucharest, Romania

April 12-15, 2018

Abydos Literacy Conference - San Antonio, Texas

April 30-May 4, 2018

The American School of Lima - Lima, Peru

May 7-18, 2018

Jakarta Intercultural School - Jakarta Indonesia

Testimonials

“Sara and Michael bring infectious energy and joy leavened with deep knowledge of best practices in literacy to their work with children and teachers.” Ellin Keene – Author of Mosaic of Thought and The Teacher You Want to Be
“Sara and Michael bring magic, and a contagious love of words to both students and teachers alike!” Georgia Heard - Author of Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School More testimonials...