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Summit ESC to Host Event Promoting Cognitive Rigor in Classrooms

Posted: 1/26/2018

The Summit Educational Service Center (ESC) will host a special opportunity on May 31, from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., for kindergarten through grade 12 educators interested in learning how to promote cognitive rigor through questioning in the classroom. The event, titled “Now That’s a Good Question! How to Promote Cognitive Rigor Through Classroom Questioning,” will be led by Erik Francis, an author, educator and speaker who specializes in the benefits of cognitive rigor for career and college readiness.

Francis is also the owner of Maverik Education LLC, which provides professional development and consultation on increasing student achievement, teacher effectiveness, program compliance and overall school performance.

“We are looking forward to this professional development opportunity at our Center, as Francis has a wealth of experiential knowledge that will certainly benefit all who attend,” said Summit ESC Superintendent Joe Iacano.

Francis works with kindergarten through grade 12 schools nationwide on developing learning environments that challenge students to demonstrate a higher order of thinking and communicate in a detailed, insightful and unique way. Attending the event will result in a further understanding of the ways questioning can be used to set a child’s instructional focus and serve as formative, summative and authentic assessments for student learning.

“Cognitive questioning is a fantastic way to engage students in active learning experiences, such as project-based and service learning,” said Dr. Bryan Drost, Summit ESC’s director of curriculum and instruction. “Attending this event is going to give a new perspective to educators and even parents on the importance of prompting students to think deeply and express themselves.”

For those interested in registering for the event ($90 registration fee plus $25 material fee for lunch and book), please visit