Maverik Education provides professional development, guidance, and support on how to develop and deliver teaching and learning experiences that are academically rigorous, socially and emotionally 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 produces and provides professional development for teachers and school leaders. He is the author of Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge: A Method and Model for Deeper Teaching and Learning published by Solution Tree and Now THAT'S a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD. 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 how to develop rigorous learning environments and deliver 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 contexts, 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). He has led and facilitated in person and virtual professional development trainings at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and internationally in Canada, Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.
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. He enjoys football (Go Arizona Cardinals!), basketball (Go Phoenix Suns!), working out, Peloton (#Maverik70), playing guitar, classic rock music (I'm a huge Van Halen and Led Zeppelin fan!), and watching films (The Godfather films, Jaws, and Star Wars series are my top three favorites). You can connect with Erik at the following social media sites:
21st Century Learning
Acceleration and Enrichment
Assessment and Grading
College and Career Readiness
College and Career Readiness Standards
Common Core State Standards
Comprehensive School Reform
Curriculum and Instruction
Depth of Knowledge (DOK)
English Language Development
English Language Learners
Gifted and Talented
High Ability, Motivation, 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)
If your understanding of depth of knowledge (DOK) is a little cloudy, you’re not alone. This resource is your one-stop-shop for learning what it is and how to use it to provide learning experiences that are academically rigorous, socially and emotionally supportive, and student responsive.
What is a good question - or rather, how does a good question challenge students to demonstrate different levels of thinking and understand and use their depth of knowledge? xplore how good questioning can provide the proper scaffolding to deepen student thinking, understanding, and application of knowledge.
Deconstructing Depth of Knowledge: A Conversation with Erik M. Francis - Solution Tree Podcast
DOK and Good Questioning - The Tom Schimmer Show
Daily Drop In with Rae Hughart from Teach Better Team
Teach Better Talk Podcast with Rae Hughart and Jeff Gargas
Out of the Trenches Podcast with Dana Goodier
DOK and Good Questioning - Teacher Success Summit with Chuck Poole
The Lurnist Radio Show - Interview along with Chrisian Nelson from uQualio(R)
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