About DataWORKS - John Hollingsworth

About John

John’s amazingly fun and interactive presentation style will energize and empower your teachers. John believes that Educational Reform begins and ends in the classroom. With this teacher-focused presentation, teachers experience practical strategies that can be used in their classrooms the next day.


President and co-founder of DataWORKS Educational Research. John has applied his analytical and presenting skills to the field of education, transforming teachers’ and students’ mindsets with his insights into the teaching process.

Working with his wife and chief researcher Silvia Ybarra, Ed. D., they pioneered a collection of research-based strategies, known as Explicit Direct Instruction, which has received high praise from teachers around the world.

John’s mastery of lesson delivery inspires educators everywhere. He has presented his engaging and practical strategies to a wide variety of audiences from coast to coast in the USA as well as in China, the Netherlands, and Australia. He is also the author of three educational bestsellers.

John is a part-time organic grape grower and has been spending his time working on a rock-musical when he is not in the world of academia.

Focus on What Works

John has proven the effectiveness of his teaching strategies in 25,000 K-12 classrooms, including with English Learners, with indigenous students in Australia, and even with students in correctional facilities. In every case, the focus on well-crafted, well-taught lessons with frequent interaction and engagement makes the difference.

Speaking Topics

  • The Four Types of  School Reform
  • Making Lesson Delivery Systematic & Creative
  • The Power of Active Engagement
  • The Key to A Culture of Instructional Excellence
  • Using Our Heads: How Brain Research Affects Learning
  • Good Instruction Is Not Mystical
  • Getting to “I Can Do It” For Every Student

Published Works

Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI): The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson (2009)
Explicit Direct Instruction for English Learners (2012)
Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI):The Power of the Well-Crafted, Well-Taught Lesson (2018, 2nd Edition)

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