Marquez Reading (Cognitive Development Through Reading Across The Curriculum) has been developed over the last 25 years.  It is designed to address the underlying learning conditions that cause the achievement gap.  The Marquez Reading system is highly flexible and can be used with any school district curriculum because it is primarily a process or pedagogy.  The tiered thinking processes found in the system are especially important in improving the skills of English Language Learners, Special Education Students, and low functioning students, in general.

Richard Marquez is a seasoned educator who has been a teacher, specialist, assistant principal, principal, area superintendent, superintendent, Special Advisor to the United States Secretary of Education in Washington, D.C., and most recently, CEO of a system of dropout recovery schools.  Before becoming CEO, he spent ten years working as a consultant in dozens of schools across the country, developing what is now known as Marquez Reading.  During the development years, it was common to find him teaching and modeling for teachers in their classrooms, from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade.