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!

January 14, 2017

Police, Poetry, Pupils and Pedagogy

So armed with bags of pretzels we brought our two groups together for a little collaboration. The break down ended up with an officer at a table with six students. We had the officers and students talk about their experience writing poetry about personal conflict.

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January 10, 2017

More response from the article on standardized high stakes tests.

      http://www.fox26houston.com/news/228183139-story  

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January 9, 2017

Poetry, pupils, pedagogy and perspective.

Today Sara and I continued on our writing with cops and kids program. We met with Libbie Royko’s 7th graders and we completed the fist have of a guided writing clinic on conflict. We wrote an example piece together comparing a staged almost fight with a thunderstorm and then we brainstormed details for a personal […]

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Upcoming...

October 13, 2016

McKinley Elementary - Elyria, Ohio

October 22-23, 2016

Keystone State Reading - Seven Springs, PA

November 7-11, 2016

Graded The American School of São Paulo - Sao Paula, Brazil

November 17-20, 2016

NCTE - Atlanta, GA

November 28-December 1, 2016

Singapore American School - Singapore

January 16-20, 2017

International School of Tanganyika - Tanzania,

January 23-27, 2017

International Community School of Addis Ababa - Ethiopia

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

May 10-12, 2017

Eastern Middle School - Greenwich, Connecticut

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...