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 the co-author of Peer Power: Activate an Assessment Revolution; Clarity for Learning: 5 Essential Practices that Empower Students and Teachers; and Partnering with Students: Building Ownership of Learning and holds a Master’s degree of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Regis University. She partners with schools and districts all over the country in the areas of empowering students, growing learner agency, putting the research into practice, building efficacy in educators and students and more. She also presents nationally and internationally at conferences, with a focus on learner agency and efficacy. She and her family live in Castle Rock, Colorado, where they enjoy the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.