Beyond borders, literacy without limits

Meet our presenters

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Linda Hoyt


Linda Hoyt

Linda Hoyt spent many years as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, curriculum developer, staff developer, and Title I District Coordinator, but Linda’s passion will always center around vigorous and engaging classrooms where teachers and children learn together. This passion for vigorous and engaged learning has led Linda to create twenty-four professional books and video programs, plus numerous instructional resources for children. Linda is a full-time author, consultant, and highly requested speaker at conferences throughout the United States, in Canada, and in Australia. [More...]

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Mike Oliver


Zaharis Elementary School
Mike Oliver

Zaharis Elementary School opened her doors to children with a grand vision—to develop the premier school in all of America. A difficult goal to measure? Without a doubt. Our belief was that with a goal so lofty in grandeur, we could never rest on our laurels. And we never have. We want our Soaring Eagles to experience life to the fullest as they develop as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists and social scientists. We want them to recognize that it is their democratic responsibility and right to project their learning out in the world where it belongs. Their voices count and are counted upon. They are empowered to live and learn in an environment that is not restricted or reduced in any way. The world truly is their classroom. It is our shared responsibility to help them realize it is their obligation to make it a better place. [More...]

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Sara Holbrook & Michael Salinger

Outspoken Literacy Consultants

Sara Holbrook & Michael Salinger

Sara Holbrook is an educator, author/poet and consultant who brings practical knowledge to help students develop 21st century thinking and literacy skills. Michael Salinger has written and performed poetry and fiction for over 30 years. After a career as an engineer, he is now an educator and consultant, specializing in writing instruction. Known for their lively, interactive presentations, Sara and Michael have visited over 30 international schools, developing their expertise in working with second language learners. They are the authors of over 20 books of poetry for adults and young people as well as five teacher professional books. [More...]

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Conference schedule

Saturday, February 1

7:30 a.m. Registration begins

8:30 a.m. Welcome - Mike Oliver

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Keynote Speaker- John Schu

10 a.m. Breakout session 1

11 a.m.  Breakout session 2

Noon Lunch and Scholastic Book Fair

1 p.m. Breakout Session 3

2 p.m. Keynote Speaker

3:00 p.m. Professional Development Certificates Distributed

Included in Registration

  • an exclusive bag from Scholastic Book Fairs
  • lunch catered by The Honest Food Project 
  • certificate for 6 re-certification hours
  • free parking

$69 professional

$29 full-time student


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