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!

August 5, 2017

Back to School

Back to School Poem: My Official List, a writer’s guide

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May 8, 2017

Brookpark Memorial Elementary

Our penultimate school visit of the 2017 season. Brook Park Memorial Elementary where we were greeted with enthusiastic open arms by Jenifer Csiszar the instructional coach who arranged our visit.   We did a couple assemblies – one for the K thru second graders then one for the third thru fifth. Afterwards we each did a […]

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May 4, 2017

Look what I found! A found poem lesson to augment novel study.

So what are we accomplishing here?

We are close reading a text as a group.

We discover themes of our literature.

We are collaborating to discern the importance of what we are reading.

We are taking collaborative research and writing as individuals.

We are getting hands on experience using poetic elements.

We are accepting the extra challenge.

We are working and succeeding through a bit of cognitive dissonance.

We are coming back together to edit and write a finished piece with a partner.

We are sharing our work with an audience.

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Upcoming...

May 8, 2017

Brook Park Memorial Elementary School - Berea, Ohio

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 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 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...