Erik M. Francis is a dynamic author, educator, and presenter who specializes in planning and providing teaching and learning experiences that are standards-based, socially and emotionally supportive, and student responsive. His areas of expertise include inquiry-based teaching and learning using good questions, Depth of Knowledge (DOK), cognitive rigor, standards-based learning and grading, authentic learning (project-based, problem-based, product-based), differentiating instruction, individualizing and personalizing learning, and talent development.
Erik is the author of Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge: A Method and Model for Deeper Teaching and Learning published by Solution Tree. He is also the author of Now THAT’S a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD. Erik is also ranked consistently as one of the World’s Top 30 Education Professionals by the research organization Global Gurus.
Erik has over 25 years of experience working in education as a classroom teacher, a site administrator, an education program specialist with a state education agency, and an instructional coach and trainer. He is currently the owner of Maverik Education, providing professional development, consultation, and coaching on how to increase student achievement, teacher effectiveness, stakeholder relations, and overall school performance. He has provided professional development, guidance, support, and training to educators at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai. His professional development seminars and sessions 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), and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).
Erik holds a Master’s in Education Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s of Science degree 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 degree in Communication and Rhetoric from the University at Albany.
Erik lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his family.