Maverik Education provides professional development, guidance, and support through onsite and virtual online coaching and training on how to develop and deliver teaching and learning experiences that are academically rigorous, socioemotionally supportive, and student responsive.
Maverik Education is owned and operated by Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S., an international author and presenter with 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 a trainer who provides professional development for teachers and school leaders. He 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. He is also ranked consistently as one of the World's Top 30 Education Professionals by the research organization Global Gurus.
Erik specializes in providing academic professional development, consultation, and coaching to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities on developing rigorous learning environments and delivering engaging educational experiences that will prompt and encourage students to demonstrate different levels of thinking and understand and use their depth of knowledge (DOK) in diverse contents, new situations, and their own unique way. He has extensive experience working with diverse populations of schools, staff, and students at all grade levels from pre-kindergarten to post-graduates.
Erik's 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), the National Teacher Center, and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). We have led and facilitated on-site and virtual professional trainings at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Singapore, and Malaysia. He also offer coaching, guidance, and support to schools and staff to supplement and support the implementation of the best practices and instructional methods addressed in our seminars, trainings, and workshops.
Erik received his Master’s in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University and Master’s of Science in Television/Radio/and 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 Rhetoric and Communication and English from the University at Albany.
Erik lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his family.
21st Century Learning
Assessment and Grading
College and Career Readiness Standards
Common Core State Standards
Comprehensive School Reform
Curriculum and Instruction
Depth of Knowledge (DOK)
English Language Development
Gifted and Talented
High Ability and Potential
Higher Order Thinking
Individualized Teaching and Learning
Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS)
Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Rigor and Relevance
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Standards-Based Grading (SBG)
Standards-Based Learning (SBL)
Structured English Immersion(SEI)
Twice Exceptional Students (2E)
Understanding by Design (UbD)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Inquiring and Engaging Minds in the Virtual Environment (AEI Speakers Bureau)
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.
DOK and Good Questioning - The Tom Schimmer Show
DOK and Good Questioning - Teacher Success Summit with Chuck Poole
The Lurnist Radio Show - Interview along with Chrisian Nelson from uQualio(R)
"Now THAT'S a Good Question!" - Interview on Unlocking the Middle
Interview on The Lasting Learning Podcast hosted by Dave Schmittou
"Transitioning Teaching and Learning in the Classroom to the Home" - Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning podcast hosted by Andrea Samadi
"Using Good Questions to Promote Cognitive Rigor" - Neuroscience Meets Social and Emotional Learning podcast hosted by Andrea Samadi
Interview on the EduTechGuys