Executive Functioning Skills with Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan | Rebel Educator® | Tanya Sheckley

January 25, 2024

In each episode of the Rebel Educator® podcast, Tanya Sheckley deconstructs world-class educators, students, and thought leaders in education to extract the tactics, tools, and routines that you can use as teachers and parents. Join us as we discuss how to shift the classroom, the learning environment, the mindset, and the pedagogy, to resist tradition, reignite wonder, and re-imagine the future of education.

This episode features an important conversation with Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan about executive functioning skills, what they are, their significant impact on kid’s ability to learn and navigate situations, and what you can do to help learners develop them.

Tanya and Dr. Karen discuss:

  • The interconnection between anxiety and executive functioning skills.
  • Executive functioning skills, what they are and why they’re crucial to develop.
  • How a lack of executive functioning skills can affect social interactions.
  • Why digital tools are not the answer to developing these skills.
  • Tips for developing executive functioning skills.

About Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan

Dr. Karen Dudek-Brannan is the founder of Dr. Karen, LLC, a company focused on empowering educators to support language, literacy, executive functioning, and cognitive wellness. 

She currently offers professional development focused on helping K-12 teams develop programs and services that support students in the areas of leadership, language, literacy, and executive functioning. Dr. Karen is a licensed SLP and has a doctorate in special education, a special education director license, and an assistive technology graduate certificate. 

She spent 14 years in the school systems before starting her online education company in 2015. She’s currently the host of the De Facto Leaders podcast.

You may also be interested in reading articles written by Tanya Sheckley for Intrepid Ed News.

Tanya Sheckley

Tanya Sheckley is Founder and President of UP Academy, an elementary lab school which values innovation, empathy and strength and incorporates a unique neuro-development program for children with physical disabilities. Tanya’s vision and mission show it’s possible to celebrate differences, change what’s broken in the American education system, and that all children can receive a rigorous, well-rounded education. She is an Edpreneur, Author of Rebel Educator: Create Classrooms of Imagination and Impact and host of the Rebel Educator podcast. She speaks frequently on the future of education and entrepreneurship. She is a rebel educator who works with new and existing schools to question the status quo and develop innovative student experiences through inclusion and project-based learning.

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