Annual Conference for Middle Level Education

Nashville, TN • November 7–9, 2019

Erik Francis

Erik M. Francis, M.Ed., M.S. is an author, educator, and speaker who specializes in teaching and learning that promotes cognitive rigor and postsecondary (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 to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities on how to develop rigorous teaching and learning environments and deliver inquiry-driven educational experiences that engage and encourage students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of knowledge.

Erik has been an educator for more than 20 years, working as a middle and high school teacher, a site administrator, and an education program specialist in the Title I Unit and Office of English Language Acquisition Service in the Arizona Department of Education. He received his Master in Education Leadership degree from Northern Arizona University and his Master of Science degree in Film and Television Production and Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communication and English from the University at Albany. Erik lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife and two daughters.

Featured Sessions

Thursday - November 7, 2019
Inquiring Minds: Teaching and Learning with Good Questions
Strand - Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

What is a good question–or rather, how do good questions engage and encourage middle school students to express and share their learning in depth and in their own unique way? Learn how to create a culture of inquiry by rephrasing the performance objectives of academic standards and learning targets into good questions that assess and build students' background knowledge, set the instructional focus, serve as assessments, and personalize deeper learning experiences.

Friday - November 8, 2019
DIP IT! Differentiate, Individualize, and Personalize Learning
Strand - Creating a Culture that Makes a Difference

Learn the difference between differentiated, individualized, and personalized learning and how all three practices can be used to develop and deliver student-centered learning experiences that address students' academic knowledge and skills, personal interests, and socioemotional needs.