Erik Francis

Erik M. Francis is an author, educator, and speaker who specializes in teaching and learning that promotes cognitive rigor and college and career readiness. He is the owner of Maverik Education LLC, providing professional development and consultation on increasing student achievement, teacher effectiveness, program compliance, and overall school performance. He is also the author of Now That’s a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD.

Erik works with K-12 schools nationwide on developing learning environments and delivering educational experiences that challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge in detail, insightfully, and in their own unique way. His expertise is in rephrasing academic standards and educational objectives into good questions that prompt students to think deeply and express and share the depth and extent of their learning in different academic and real world contexts. These good questions can be used to set the instructional focus and serve as formative, summative, and authentic assessments for student learning. They also can be used to engage students in active learning experiences such as project-based, problem-based, expeditionary, and service learning.

Erik’s professional development seminars and workshops have been featured at national, state, and regional education conferences hosted by organizations such as ASCD, Learning Forward, the College Board, the New Teacher Center, the Southern Region Education Board, and the Association for Middle Level Education. He has also been a keynote speaker and featured presenter at education conferences addressing topics such as gifted education, school leadership, Title I, English language learners, dropout prevention, charter schools, and social work.

Erik has been an educator for over twenty years, working as a middle and high school teacher, administrator, and an education program specialist in the Title I and English language learner units of the Arizona Department of Education. He received his Master’s in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University and Master’s of Science in Film and Television Production and Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Rhetoric and Communication and English from the University at Albany.