Erik Francis

Education Avenger

Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S. is an international author, presenter, and speaker with over 25 years of experience working as a classroom teacher, a site administrator, an education program specialist with a state education agency, and an instructional coach and trainer. He has extensive experience working with diverse populations of schools, staff, and students at all grade levels from pre-kindergarten to post-graduate.

Erik is the author of Now THAT’S a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD. His book on teaching and learning for depth of knowledge will be published by Solution Tree International in 2021. Erik is also ranked as one of the World’s Top 30 Education Professionals for 2019 (#13) and 2020 (#3) by the research organization Global Gurus.

Erik is the owner of Maverik Education, providing academic professional development and consultation to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities on developing rigorous learning environments and delivering educational experiences that challenge students to demonstrate different levels of thinking and understand and use their depth of knowledge (DOK) in different contexts. His areas of expertise include good questioning and inquiry, teaching and learning for depth of knowledge (Webb’s DOK), tiered instruction, authentic learning, differentiated instruction, personalized learning, standards-based grading and learning, and talent development.

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 Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), Staff Development for Educators (SDE), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). He has provided professional development support, and training to educators at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.

Erik holds a Master’s of Education in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s of Science in Television/Radio/Film Production and Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication and Rhetoric from the University at Albany.

Erik lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his family.