We Are Dataworks

DataWORKS Educational Research was founded in 1997 with the single purpose of improving student learning.  By observing and teaching in more than 25,000 classrooms, co-founders Dr. Silvia Ybarra and John Hollingsworth developed the research-based Explicit Direct Instruction (EDI) approach to teaching. Since then, DataWORKS has steadily expanded, working with over 750 schools and districts, in 25 states, and in 10 countries.  Since 2014, the company has been actively involved in training and developing curriculum for Australian teachers and schools.

Why Choose Us

Dataworks is pleased to offer its services to Australian educators. Satisfied clients like us for these reasons:


We walk our talk. We don’t just talk about what works; we go into the classroom and show you what works. Then, we train you how to do it. For 20 years, we have helped teachers around the world transform their classrooms and schools.


We know what works based on academic research and our own original field research in thousands of classrooms.  When teachers apply these proven strategies, they get results for their students. Learning is truly visible in the classroom.


There is no one size fits all plan.  We work with you to meet your needs for budget, scheduling, content, and staffing. We consult with you at no charge to see how our services fit with your unique school and students. Then, we prepare a customized solution.

Our Process

Initial Contact

Identify Needs

Offer Services

Evaluate & Follow-Up

Train Leaders

What Clients Say

1 Step 1

A usual 45-minute webinar costs about $100.

It would be useful to do at least three or more webinars to highlight key features of the book.

Yes, John likes the camera. He is very good at interacting with the teachers via the technical setup of voice and video.

We have done webinars after school when teachers can gather. Or, they can be done during the day on a Teacher In-Service Day.

The Study Guide offers key questions for each chapter of the EDI book, as well as activities that will help teachers use the strategies or think through how they can be used in their schools.