About us

Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S. is an author, educator, and speaker who specializes in teaching and learning that promotes cognitive rigor and college and career readiness. . He is also the author of Now THAT'S a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD.  He is also the owner of Maverik Education LLC, providing academic professional development and consultation to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities on developing learning environments and delivering educational experiences that challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge. 

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, the Association for Middle Level Education, and the National Association for Gifted Children.   In 2018, Erik was a keynote speaker and featured presenter at   Confruatute Summer Institute hosted by the Renzulli Center for Creativity, Gifted Education, and Talent Development at the UConn.  He has also presented seminars, training, and workshop experiences to educators in Canada, Singapore, and Dubai. 

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 Unit and Office of English Language Acquisition Services of the Arizona Department of Education.  He has worked with teachers and students at all grade levels and in subject areas.  He also has extensive experience working with specific student populations including English language learners, gifted and talented students, and special education students.

Erik 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.

Erik lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his family.


  • 21st Century Learning
  • Academic Interventions
  • Assessment and Grading
  • Cognitive Rigor
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Comprehensive School Reform
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Depth of Knowledge (Webb's D.O.K)
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Disciplinary Literacy
  • English Language Development
  • Expeditionary Learning
  • Federal Programs
  • Formative Assessment
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Growth Mindset
  • Higher Order Thinking 
  • Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Instructional Strategies
  • Literacy (Reading, Writing, Speakng and Listening, Language)
  • Multiple Intelligences
  • Personalized Learning
  • Problem-Based Learning
  • Product-Based Learning
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Structured English Immersion
  • Technology
  • Title I, II, III


Now That's A Good Question! Workshop presented at Davis Bilingual Elementary School in the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, AZ.

Presentation of Now THAT'S a Good Question! at the Schools of the Future 2017 Conference in Honolulu, HI.

What Exactly is Depth of Knowledge? Ignite Session at the Evolving Educators Tomorrow's Classrooms Today Conference 2017 in Lawrence, NJ.