About us

Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S. is an international author and presenter with over 20 years of experience working as a classroom teacher, a site administrator, an education program specialist with a state education agency, and a professional development trainer.   He has extensive experience working with students who are academically at-risk, gifted and talented students, English language learners, and students with special needs.  

Erik is 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 (DOK).   His areas of expertise include teaching and learning for depth of knowledge (Webb’s DOK), higher level questioning and inquiry, authentic learning, differentiated instruction, personalized learning, and talent development. 

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 Fall 2020.  Erik is also ranked as one of the World's Top 30 Education Professionals for 2019 by the  research organization Global Gurus.

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), the National Teacher Center, and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).   He has conducted professional trainings at K-12 schools, colleges, and universities throughout the United States and internationally in Canada and Singapore. 

Erik is an ASCD Author and Faculty Member, a professional development consultant for the Association for Middle Level Educators (AMLE), a presenter and consultant for First Educational Resources, a presenter for Staff Development for Educators, Inc. and a presenter and instructional coach for FACTS Management.  

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


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.