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As a consultant, Kara Vandas works with districts and schools around the country to implement processes and practices that best support student learning. She is the co-author of Partnering with Students: Building Ownership of Learning and Peer Power: Unite, Learn, Prosper. Her areas of focus include implementing practices that encourage students to be partners in learning, the Visible Learning research and professional learning, EmpowerED Coaching™, EmpowerED Assessment™ and EmpowerED curriculum design™.
Kara brings experience in these areas from her previous work as the Director of Teacher Effectiveness for the Colorado League of Charter Schools. In this role, she was responsible for partnering with over 30 public, charter schools around the state of Colorado in the implementation of Data Teams and Rigorous Curriculum Design. In doing so, Kara has had the opportunity to support rural, urban, and suburban schools of various instructional models, student populations, and across K-12 systems in order to best implement these powerful practices.
Over the course of her career in education, Kara has worked as a teacher, teacher leader, trainer, and program developer. She holds a Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Regis University and Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wyoming.
In her career, she has also worked to establish an innovative teacher education program for teachers serving high-need students. In addition, Kara worked with Edison Schools, now Edison Learning, to train teachers in effective instructional and classroom management practices. Kara also taught with Edison Schools at two charters in Colorado, where she taught middle school science, reading, and language arts. Her teaching career began at the Denver Street School, an alternative school for high-need youth in Denver, CO.
Kara remains passionate about supporting all students in becoming successful learners and views her work as an opportunity to reach students around the country through working with teachers and administrators in implementing proven and powerful practices.