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 50 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!

September 5, 2019

Hilliard Heritage Middle School

Why You Matter. That was the theme of the day when Sara and I visited Heritage Middle School as our first school visit of the season. This 7th and 8th grade building had a multi-faceted approach to invite the students to explore what made each of them unique and important. They invited Sara and me […]

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August 18, 2019

I know what you did last Summer.

Here comes another school year. How was your summer? Sara and I kept busy paying visits to educators across the country. We worked with principals In Ohio and Utah – giving keynotes and breakout sessions at their annual conferences – we unfortunately did not visit Iowa – and were therefor unable to claim the 4-letter […]

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April 26, 2019

Singapore American School

It’s like New York City dipped in bleach. That’s how I describe Singapore when I am asked. Sara and I have a deep fondness and admiration for the city and the school there where we have spent so much time. Singapore American School truly is one of the elite educational institutions on the planet and […]

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Upcoming...

November 1-3, 2019

Keystone Reading - Hershey, PA

November 6-7, 2019

Connecticut reading, Southbury, CT

November 7-9, 2019

Connecticut Reading Association, Southbury, CT

November 21-24, 2019

NCTE Baltimore, MD

January 13-16, 2020

Los Fresnos School District, Los Fresnos, TX

January 17-18, 2020

25th Annual Rio Grande Valley Texas Association for Bilingual Education Conference - San Padre Island, TX

January 27-31, 2020

Eastern Middle School, Greenwich, CT

February 8-11, 2020

National Reading Recovery & K-6 Literacy Conference, Columbus, Ohio

February 21-22, 2020

Ohio Council of Teachers of ELA - Columbus Ohio - Annual Conference

March 1-4, 2020

Bayan School, Bahrain

March 5-7, 2020

Compassion Summit: Riffa Views International School, Manama, Bahrain

March 8-12, 2020

ABA - An IB World School, Muscat - Sultanate of Oman

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...