September 10, 2017

We all have a story. And chapters in my story are constant reminders that boundaries are meant to be tested, stretched, and pushed. I could have given up early in life. You could definitely have referred to me as a juvenile delinquent (cutting school, breaking laws, abusing alcohol) and I never graduated from high school. In fact, I dropped out of high school twice.  During my repeat senior year of high school I got pregnant, found a “reputable” attorney in the yellow pages and relocated to New York, where I made the painful decision to put my child up for adoption. That moment in time launched my journey of pushing boundaries - I was bound to go from GED to Ph.D..

Hoping that my daughter wo...

September 8, 2017

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 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 professional development and consultation on increasing student achievement, teacher effectiveness, program compliance, and overall school performance.

Erik works with K-12 schools nationwide on developing learning environments and delivering educational experiences that challenge students to demonstrate higher order thinking and communicate depth of...

September 4, 2017

The Birth of Pushing Boundaries

As Rebecca and I started working together on various book writing projects, speaking engagements, and other endeavors that we hope will help our entire educational community, we started meeting some amazing people along the way during our own collaborative journey.  As a result of building an active social media and PLN, we realized that we gravitated towards those who "push boundaries" in every sense of the concept.  As a result, we came across some incredible educational leaders, authors, and trainers who share a common set of characteristics and personality traits reflective of what "pushing boundaries" actually means to us:...

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