Hi there, I’m Karen Dudek-Brannan!

I’m a Professional Development Specialist, SLP, and founder/CEO of Dr. Karen, LLC, a company focused on empowering therapists and educators to design interventions that support language, literacy, and executive functioning. In my current role, I develop engaging professional development and products that help school teams work together to get better results.

On the De Facto Leaders Podcast, I share up-to-date evidence-based practices, my own experience, and guest interviews designed to help pediatric therapists, educators, and aspiring school leaders design services that support social, emotional, and academic growth and set kids up for success in adulthood. Whether you want to learn effective strategies for your therapy session or classroom, be an influential leader on your team, or find creative ways to use your skills to advance in your career, I’ve got you covered. You can listen to the De Facto Leaders podcast on most popular podcast directories, and can scroll through past episodes on this page here.

Latest Episodes

The content + strategy + retrieval trifecta for language and executive functioning (with Katy Wyatt)

Is it functional to work on parts of speech?Is sentence diagramming useful? How do we improve word-retrieval in kids with developmental disabilities, and is it similar...

Experiential learning and cultivating a passion for the outdoors (with Greg Morrissey)

Preparing young people for adulthood is all about providing them with the right blend of experiences; both in and outside of school. Building literacy, numeracy, and c...

The summer slide: Real phenomenon or invented by tutoring companies? (with David Schipper)

My heart sinks when I see how polarizing topics in education have become, as well as the tendency for people to have “all or nothing” thinking.I’ve seen an increasing ...

Why aren’t they participating? Rethinking family engagement in special education (with Dr. Kristin Vogel-Campbell)

Helping families feel involved in their children’s education goes beyond checking the boxes to make sure you’re following legal guidelines.That’s why I invited Dr. Kri...

BONUS: The Authority: Executive Functions for Every Classroom with Mitch Weathers

About The Authority Podcast:Hosted by leadership coach, storytelling strategist, and edtech advisor Ross Romano, The Authority provides education leaders with proven i...

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