Who we are

DataWORKS Educational Research was founded in 1997 with the single purpose of improving student learning. Since then, DataWORKS has steadily expanded, working with over 750 schools and districts, in 25 states, in 10 countries, and on five continents around the world.  Fundamentally, DataWORKS supports teachers and school administrators as instructional leaders and believes they are the keys to measurable student achievement. That’s why DataWORKS offers various professional development trainings, workshops, and tools to help educators take their classrooms, schools, and districts to the next level.

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Founders & Owners

Dr. Silvia Ybarra

Co-Founder & Chief Researcher
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Silvia is the chief researcher and co-founder of DataWORKS.  She served as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent at several schools before applying her knowledge of learning, language, and research to improve education in the classroom. She knows what it means to be an English Learner, having come to the U.S. at age 11 from El Salvador, and advancing to earn her doctorate in education.  She and her husband John Hollingsworth have pioneered research-based teaching strategies, which have culminated in the worldwide use of Explicit Direct Instruction. She and John are co-authors of two popular books on teaching strategies.

John Hollingsworth

Co-Founder & President
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John is the president and co-founder of DataWORKS. With his varied background as a systems analyst, engineer, and musician, John has applied his analytical and presenting skills to the field of education, transforming lives with his insights into the teaching process. He and his wife Silvia Ybarra have pioneered research-based teaching strategies, known as Explicit Direct Instruction, which have received praise from teachers worldwide.  John has published numerous articles, trained thousands of educators, and presented at many conferences. His mastery of lesson delivery is inspiring to educators. He and Silvia are co-authors of two books on teaching.

Joe Ybarra

Co-owner & Consultant
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Since 2010 Joe has worked exclusively with DataWORKS as a consultant, lesson designer, and curriculum calibrator. He was one of the lead trainers in the company’s recent rollout of curriculum in Australia, and has led the training and staff development at various sites throughout the U.S.  Prior to joining DataWORKS from 2003 to 2010, he was an elementary and middle school teacher. He started with DataWORKS in 2000 as a researcher, helping to define effective teaching practices that use cognitive brain strategies. Joe graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a dual major in Environmental Science/Urban Planning.

Dr. Silvia Ybarra

Co-Founder & Chief Researcher
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Silvia is the chief researcher and co-founder of DataWORKS.  She served as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent at several schools before applying her knowledge of learning, language, and research to improve education in the classroom. She knows what it means to be an English Learner, having come to the U.S. at age 11 from El Salvador, and advancing to earn her doctorate in education.  She and her husband John Hollingsworth have pioneered research-based teaching strategies, which have culminated in the worldwide use of Explicit Direct Instruction. She and John are co-authors of two popular books on teaching strategies.

John Hollingsworth

Co-Founder & President
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John is the president and co-founder of DataWORKS. With his varied background as a systems analyst, engineer, and musician, John has applied his analytical and presenting skills to the field of education, transforming lives with his insights into the teaching process. He and his wife Silvia Ybarra have pioneered research-based teaching strategies, known as Explicit Direct Instruction, which have received praise from teachers worldwide.  John has published numerous articles, trained thousands of educators, and presented at many conferences. His mastery of lesson delivery is inspiring to educators. He and Silvia are co-authors of two books on teaching.

Joe Ybarra

Co-owner & Consultant
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Since 2010 Joe has worked exclusively with DataWORKS as a consultant, lesson designer, and curriculum calibrator. He was one of the lead trainers in the company’s recent rollout of curriculum in Australia, and has led the training and staff development at various sites throughout the U.S.  Prior to joining DataWORKS from 2003 to 2010, he was an elementary and middle school teacher. He started with DataWORKS in 2000 as a researcher, helping to define effective teaching practices that use cognitive brain strategies. Joe graduated from the University of California, San Diego, with a dual major in Environmental Science/Urban Planning.

Consultants

DataWORKS Consultant Larry Federico
Larry Federico, M.A.

Consultant

DataWORKS Consultant James Riedl
James Riedl

Consultant

Gordon Carlson

Consultant

Cynthia Kampf, Ed. D.

Consultant

DataWORKS Consultant Bert Goldhammer
Bert Goldhammer, M.A. Ed.

Consultant

Alexander Chavez

Curriculum Specialist & Consultant

Curriculum Development & Support

Katie Burchfield
Curriculum Development Manager

Araceli Salazar
Curriculum Specialist

Melennie McAbee
Curriculum Specialist

Trish Bogdanovich
Curriculum Specialist

Jessica Santillan
Curriculum Specialist

Mike Neer, M.A.
Editor / Curriculum Specialist

Alex Chavez
Consultant / Curriculum Specialist

Kirsten McCann
Consultant / Curriculum Specialist

Chris Jones
Curriculum Specialist

Carlos Luna
IT Admin / Educeri Support Tech

Traci Banks
Office Manager

Elias Ibarra
Senior Designer

Anabel Sanchez
Designer

Juanita Cardenas
Production & Logistics

TESTIMONIALS

WHAT CLIENTS SAY

I scoured the Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) book. I flagged page after page because what I was reading made so much sense to me. In fact, it was a little depressing. I had been a classroom teacher for ten years and was unaware of many of the EDI strategies.

Peter Whitmore
Collaborative Coach, Menifee, CA

EDI keeps students engaged throughout the lesson! It gives students the opportunity to speak and listen to each other during the lesson. Students discuss vocabulary and read aloud during EDI which gives them practice in Reading, Speaking, Listening, and Writing. Students do all the work during a lesson! Pair-Share is a great strategy to help English Learners with speaking and practicing the vocabulary!

Yvette Mezzanatto
5th Grade Teacher, Crestmore ES, Bloomington, CA

During TAPPLE, I consistently have my students answer questions in complete sentences. Throughout the day, my English Learners are speaking in complete sentences and hearing complete sentences being spoken. By the middle of the year, I saw a huge improvement in their writing. I know this is a result of using sentence frames and having students answer questions in complete sentences.

Starbuck Jackson
4th Grade Teacher, Colton Unified, Highland, CA

Incredibly valuable information that we can use immediately in the classroom!

Barbara Clements
Victor Valley HS, Victorville, CA

EDI has so much verbalization of academic language that our EL students are constantly hearing and repeating and, because of this, comprehending English at a very fast pace.

Patricia Bloodgood
5th Grade Teacher, Orange Center ES, Fresno, CA

Our EL students are actively engaged in using language through the pair-shares and their engagement with the curriculum is stronger, and more meaningful because they are actually using academic language in a non-threatening environment prior to doing work independently.

Jason Waddell
Superintendent, Susanville, CA

I would love to see more teachers doing this. This is a must!

Judi Szpor
Academic Coach, McCord ES, Orange Cove, CA

It took about five or six years to get to the innovative level with EDI. We had to go beyond professional development and provide support, accountability, and a new norm. Once teachers experienced EDI, they saw the value. Many teachers have told me they can’t remember how they taught before.

Wes Severs
Principal, Washington ES, Sanger, CA

There are common agreements amongst many respected researchers on instructional processes that, when implemented correctly, will lead to growth in student achievement.

Charles Vidal
SJCOE Director, Stockton, CA

EDI was the impetus for all of the progress at Sanger Unified

Susan Fitzgerald
Principal, Del Rey, CA

Contact information

Address:

116 S. 7th St., Fowler, CA 93625

Phone numbers:

(800) 495 – 1550
(559) 834 – 2449

Email:

info@dataworks-ed.com

Hours:

Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM PT

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