Kara Vandas is an educator with an enduring passion for empowering learners. She began her career in education at an alternative school for youth at-risk. Kara spent several more years in the classroom in public education as a middle and high school educator and then transitioned to coaching and professional learning positions that allowed her to support teachers and leaders K-12. Her current role as an author and consultant takes her around the world to partner with schools and school districts.
Kara is a co-author of several books, including Learner Agency: A Field Guide for Taking Flight, Amplify Learner Voice through Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Assessment, and the best-selling Clarity for Learning: 5 Essential Practices that Empower Students and Teachers. Kara Vandas holds a Master’s degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Regis University, and presents nationally and internationally at conferences, with a focus on learner agency and efficacy. Kara and her family live in Castle Rock, Colorado, where they enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.