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 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 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.