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.

DataWORKS at play

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
Social links:


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

Kirsten McCann

Consultant & Curriculum Specialist

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

DataWORKS Consultant Allan Waterman
Allan Waterman, M. 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 would like all teachers in Lodi Unified School District to receive, to be exposed to DataWORKS. Only then would there be systemic change for our students.

Gloria Evosevich
Principal, Nichols ES, Lodi, CA

(I valued) Additional resources for site staff development; Opportunity to work through concepts in a hands-on manner.

Darin Willet
Vice Principal, Sequoia School, Manteca, CA

Great! I’ll probably hire DataWORKS. This was one of the most powerful and informative seminars I have ever attended! Rigor is the result. Bravo!

Dr. Sherry Burcham
Retired Educator - Baltimore, MD

EDI is very concrete. You can walk into a classroom and recognize it right away. It enables us to give much better feedback to teachers.

Robert Chavez
Chief Academic Officer, Madera, 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

(I valued) I appreciate the solid research base of DataWORKS.

Diane Dotson
Superintendent, Jamestown SD, Jamestown, CA

Makes me want to teach with gusto tomorrow.

T. Marques
Osborn School District, Phoenix, AZ

(I valued) The way the material was presented & time to interact and reflect with others. We learned many practical ways to improve student achievement.

Kristi Mendoza
Great Valley School, Manteca, CA

EDI has helped me structure lessons that make learning accessible and successful for all students. It lowers the affective filter of my English Learners, and allows them access to grade-level content and vocabulary. When used in Language Arts, reading is strengthened by a focused unpacking of the students. This makes a complicated process of learning accessible to all students.

Janelle Honn
Grades K-6 Teacher on Assignment, Colton USD, 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

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

How to find us

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