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 framework strategies that will help make your students’ learning more visible.” – Michael Salinger

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

All kids, all subject areas.

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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!

March 12, 2019

Michigan Reading Association ’19, Grand Rapids, MI

So, Sara and I slept in the same bed as the President of France. Well maybe not the exact same bed – he did stay in the same room 38 years earlier they’ve probably replaced the mattress since then. Michigan Reading always treats us like we’re actually important, but they went out of their way […]

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March 11, 2019

Zaharis Literacy Conference, Mesa, AZ

If you’re not doing things that scare you a little you’re not progressing. First off – Visiting the Zaharis Literacy Conference wasn’t scary at all – it was a delight. How do these oases of stellar learning spring up? Principal Mike Oliver has created a read read read friendly environment that made me wish I […]

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March 7, 2019

Montgomery Middle School, Montgomery, Maryland

As much as we relish our adventures overseas we love our visits to schools right here in the good ol’ USA. A whole bunch of our work is repeat business and our friend Lisa the librarian has invited us to three different schools where she has graced the library with her enthusiasm. A couple times […]

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Upcoming...

September 23-27, 2018

Abu Dhabi Community School, Abu Dhabi

October 19, 2018

Sara Holbrook receives Jane Addams Peace award - NYC, NY

October 25th, 2018-26, 2019

East Central Ohio Educational Service Center, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 1, 2018

East Tech High - Cleveland, Ohio

November 2, 2018

ECOESC, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 15-18, 2018

NCTE - Houston Texas

November 25, 2018

Young Writers, New Philadelphia, Ohio

November 29, 2018

Cuyahoga Community College - Cleveland, Ohio

January 7-11, 2019

Eastern Middle School, Greenwich, CT

February 11-15, 2019

ENKA Schools - Istanbul, Turkey

February 18-22, 2019

Escola Americana de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

March 7, 2019

Book Signing - Dreaming BIG and Small - Loganberry Books, Shaker Heights, Ohio 7pm

March 9-10, 2019

Michigan Reading Association - Grand Rapids, MI

March 9-11, 2019

Michigan Reading Conference, Grand Rapids Michigan

March 18-21, 2019

Carol Morgan School, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

May 11, 2019

Drawn and Quartered Art Show

June 12-March 14, 2019

OAESA Professional Conference - Columbus, Ohio

June 20-21, 2019

Utah Principals Association, Midway, Utah

June 27, 2019

Scholastic Reading Summit, Denver Colorado

October 8, 2019

Ohio Association of Elementary School Principals, Columbus, Ohio

October 11, 2019

Michigan Association for Media in Education, Troy, Michigan

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...