Erik M. Francis is an author, educator, and speaker who specializes in teaching and learning that promotes cognitive rigor and college and career readiness. He provides professional development and consultation on increasing student achievement, teacher effectiveness, program compliance, and overall school performance. He is also the author of Now That’s a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning published by ASCD. Erik has been an educator for over twenty years and his primary area of expertise and support with FIRST include: assessment, instructional strategies and engagement, and rigorous curriculum design.