Proven steps to reading, writing and oral proficiency for English learners. This curriculum supplement helps teachers teach EL and striving students in grades 1-8.

Strategies That Jump-Start Writing. Renowned writing strategy duo Michael Salinger and Sara Holbrook team with comprehension guru Stephanie Harvey with this innovative tool that targets reading, writing and speaking standards. 

This offbeat poetry book for middle grades and up grooves along with the funky artwork of Cleveland underground artist Scott Pickering. Buy your copies now and support literacy, art and fun!

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.

Sara and Michael

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!

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From the Blog...

OCTELA 2020

OH – IO! Sara and I try to make the Ohio Council of Teachers of English language Arts (OCTELA) whenever we can. We’ve probably attended a just under a dozen...

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Upcoming...

October 22, 2021
Young Author and Illustrators - Kent State Tuscarawas Campus
Writing workshops with 5th and 9th graders.

January 29 - February 5, 2022
LitCon - Virtual Conference
Empowering Students with Integrated Literacy

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...