As we look ahead to spring, MRA is moving its annual conference online during the weekend of March 12 to 14, 2021. Two of our featured speakers are Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger, authors and educators separately, but together Outspoken Literacy Consultants.
Sara Holbrook is an educator, author/poet and literary consultant with over 30 years’ experience as a writer in the fields of education, law, public housing, and drug prevention. She has been teaching in classrooms around the U.S. and over 50 other countries for more than 20 years.
She is also the author of more than fifteen books for children, adults and teachers as well as an award-winning performance poet and frequent keynote speaker. Her middle grade historical fiction novel, The Enemy, Detroit 1954 won the 2018 Jane Addams Peace Award.
Michael Salinger is an educator, author/poet, playwright has been writing and performing poetry and fiction for over 30 years. He has written books for elementary to adult readers as well as having co-authored four professional books for teachers.
His book, Well Defined, Vocabulary in Rhyme, won a VOYA top shelf award. As a literacy consultant, he has visited over 200 cities spread across more than 50 countries, developing an expertise in working with English language learners.
Together, they are the authors of five professional books, including their most recent publication, From Striving to Thriving Writers, Strategies to Jump-Start Writing , a collaboration with Stephanie Harvey and the digital curriculum supplement Read Write Speak it! Empowering Student Voice.
Follow them at Outspoken Literacy Consultants.
Check out this short video to see Sara and Michael at work with students.
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