Erik Francis
Author / Educator / Speaker


  • Achievement gap
  • College preparation
  • Common Core
  • Education reform
  • Gifted education
  • Low-income student
  • School choice
  • School reform
  • Standardized tests
  • Teacher assessment

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 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 on increasing student achievement, teacher effectiveness, overall school performance, and college and career readiness. He works with K-12 schools on developing learning environments and delivering educational experiences that challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge. Erik has been an educator for over twenty years, working as a middle and high school teacher, a site administrator, and an education program specialist in the Title I and English Language Learner Units of the Arizona Department of Education. He 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.