Speaking Topics

  • Becoming Outspoken! Improving literacy skills through writing and classroom poetry performance
  • High Definition: Writing toward a better vocabulary

Speaker Bio

Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger are veteran educators and coauthors of High Definition: Unforgettable Vocabulary-Building Strategies Across Genres and Subjects (Heinemann, 2010) and Outspoken! How to Improve Writing and Speaking Through Poetry Performance (Heinemann, 2009). As sought-after speakers and professional development consultants, Sara and Michael present together and individually as they share expertise to inspire even the most reluctant students to speak clearly and write from the heart.

Sara is the author of fourteen books for children, teachers and adults. A frequent keynoter at state, local, national and international conferences, she has presented workshops to over 500,000 students in the USA and international schools over the last 18 years. A dynamic presenter, she's dedicated to helping students find their voices through language that is both precise and concise.

While presenting on topics inspired by their latest books, Sara and Michael show how students can envision a word as if it were a real person, with a unique voice and personality, they forever imprint the meaning of the word into their memories. Using practical tools delivered by Sara and Michael, vocabulary lessons become anything but dull, while blending seamlessly into your writing objectives.

Michael has been writing, teaching and speaking professionally for more than 20 years for audiences in over 135 cities in 21 countries. His work has appeared in dozens of literary journals published across the US and Canada. His latest publication is a collection of humorous poems defining S.A.T vocabulary words titled Well Defined - Vocabulary in Rhyme. Feedback from teachers and administrators consistently illustrates how Michael delivers creative classroom strategies that are fun and rigorous while meeting state standards.

Grades: K - 12

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