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Embedding Authentic Resources into Lesson Plans by Leslie Grahn

The Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages of the New York State Education Department presents the first webinar in the 2021 World Languages Professional Learning Series:  Embedding Authentic Resources into Lesson Plans.

Original webinar date:  January 20, 2021 - 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Webinar description:  This workshop was presented by the New York State Association of World Language Administrators (NYSAWLA) and co-sponsored by the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) of the New York State Education Department (NYSED).   In Embedding Authentic Resources into Lesson Plans, participants will explore how to make authentic text work for teachers in the various phases of lesson planning.  The presenter will lead attendees to:

Consider how to embed authentic resources into phases of lesson plans;
Analyze scenarios for embedding authentic resources into lesson plans; and
Use a planning guide to build authentic resources into lesson plans.

Link to webinar flyer

Link to Handouts folder for webinar

Link to recording of webinar

Link to post-assessments

To receive a certificate of completion (including a CTLE certificate), NYS educators must view the recording of the webinar (see link above) in its entirety and then answer at least seven out of ten questions correctly on the post assessment.  If the minimum required score (7 out of 10) is achieved, the educator will receive a certificate via email within an hour.  For the convenience of our World Language educators, there are multiple versions of the post assessment available, should the required score not be achieved on the first attempt.  Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.

Important notes:

  1. Educators may take each version of the post assessment once.  Credit will not be given for taking a single version of the post assessment more than once. 
  2. Credit will not be given for more than one passing score on any of the post assessments for a webinar (listed below) in a single academic year.  
  3. Educators may receive credit for viewing the webinar recording and passing a post assessment once in each academic year and are encouraged to take a different version of the post assessment on a yearly basis to review and test their knowledge of the webinar's content. 
  4. It is the responsibility of the individual educator to keep track of the information on the professional learning they complete each year, including the number of CTLE hours.
  5. Questions about this webinar or the post assessments, should be directed to Candace Black at (585) 356-0951 or at

Webinar Summary

# of attendees: 559

# of CTLE certificates issued:  439
# of certificates of attendance issued:  87
# of organizations represented by attendees: 

  • 187 districts
  • 384 schools
  • 13 partner organizations
  • 11 colleges & universities

# of languages taught by attendees: 15

Quotes from Participants of this Webinar

  • "We walked out of this with so many resources and instructional tips! Mrs. Grahn presented at a good pace and was very kind with her audience. I can only imagine the work that went to collect and put all of these resources together, so thank you to Mrs. Grahn, of course."  ~ Elba N.
  • "Thank you for offering this excellent workshop. The presenter was fabulous, and the materials were relevant . This workshop propelled my enthusiasm and I started implementing some of the strategies and documents into my lesson plans."  ~ Theresa F.
  • "The workshop was great! Leslie has done a terrific job! I shared her webpage and Pinterest account with my colleagues. We all find the information and resources extremely useful."  ~ Luz L.
  • "Thank you for organizing yesterday's workshop. It has me on the hunt for more authentic documents!"  ~Tina Marie B.

(Last updated 9/4/2022)