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 25, 2018

Never Write a Rough Draft Again!

Why you should never write a rough draft. Well, first off, we believe that draft should be a verb in the writing classroom not a goal. Plus, there only seems to be two draft statuses – rough and final. We prefer to use the term Version – and title everything we begin working on Version […]

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April 21, 2018

ABYDOS Literacy Conference – Dallas, Texas

It’s truly amazing that things work out as well as they do sometimes. The bluebonnets were blooming on the side of the road on our way from DFW to the Abydos Literacy Learning conference hotel. Alise and Emily were navigating us, darting back and forth with the assuredness of veterans of Dallas traffic wrangling. There […]

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April 10, 2018

Dostyk American International School – Atyrau, Kazakhstan

You need a good reason to go to Atyrau, Kazakhstan. To go back a second time you need a damned good reason. Fortunately, Sara and I had one of the best reasons ever, to visit Dostyk American International School’s students and teachers and a couple of our dearest international friends Seamus and Theresa Marriott. Seamus […]

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Upcoming...

February 16-17, 2018

ECIS Library Conference - Chennai, India

March 2, 2018

Kirtland Elementary - Kirtland, Ohio

March 14-17, 2018

International School of Kazan - Kazan, Russia

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 3-6, 2018

Dostyk American International School - Atyrau - Kazakhstan

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

June 27-28, 2018

2018 Glazer and Lorton Writing Institute , Miami, FL

September 23-27, 2018

Abu Dhabi Community School, Abu Dhabi

October 1-5, 2018

The Universal American School, Dubai

October 25-April 26, 2018

East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio

February 11-15, 2019

Escola Americana de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

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...