Student Services Newsletter: Creating Opportunity, Cultivating Success at Alder GSE
January 2023 | Second Quarterly Release
Dear Alder Hedgehogs,
On behalf of the Office of Student Services, we want to wish you a bright and fulfilling New Year! May 2023 bring to you the opportunities and successes you have worked hard to get–at Alder and beyond! We are excited to release the second quarterly newsletter to provide student services resources and reminders to our students. As we embark upon the spring semester, we understand all of the obligations you are juggling. You will be making an immense impact on the lives of your students--we deeply appreciate your commitment to them and to the profession! Our goal for the quarterly newsletter is to ensure you have every resource available to you so you can continue to excel in the classroom and your studies.  
The following highlights, reminders, and updates aim to provide access to information related to Alder GSE. 
Please reach out to with any questions. 
Student Services Highlights
Please help us welcome Janie Garza (she/her/they) as our new Student Services Manager! She will be the advisor for our students in the Central Valley & Central Coast. Previously, Janie served on Alder’s Recruitment & Admissions team. Prior to joining Alder, she graduated with her BA in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz. After completing her undergraduate work, Janie continued to work for UCSC with a Hispanic-serving initiative known as Cultivamos Excelencia, where she helped recruit and prepare incoming transfer students from the San Jose area. During undergrad, she had various roles working with the transfer community at UCSC for two years, specializing in program coordination and event management as well as informal advising for potential and continuing transfer students. Janie is passionate about cultivating positive educational experiences and bridging equity gaps within first-generation and underserved communities.
Tax Information: As we approach the new year, please remember that tax season will soon be approaching. Refer to the 2022-2023 Tax Resources for Alder GSE Residents for the information you need to ensure you are aware of the tax implications for the 2022 year. If you have additional questions regarding your taxes, please reach out to
  • Form 1098-T – Tuition Statement: Alder will be sending students a 1098-T Form by January 31st. If students have a question about this, please reach out to Student Services.
  • Form 1099 – Misc. Income: Your TK-12 Partner will provide you with a 1099 Form that reflects your living stipend payments.
    • Reminder: For 1099 Form inquiries, you want to connect with your respective TK-12 Partner’s HR department.
  • W2- Tax Form: If you are classified as an employee, your TK-12 partner will provide you with a W2 form. Don't hesitate to contact your TK-12 partner for more information.
Alder GSE Store -- Check out the Alder Swag Store- Here! 
"Making the Residency Work" Regional Resource Guides
The Student Services Team has developed regional Making It Work resources that are supportive, aid in financial and mental health wellbeing, are available in your local community, and focus on ensuring capacity to make the residency work. Access the resources by region below:
Friendly Reminders
  • The Office of Financial Aid would like to provide anticipated disbursement dates for the Spring term. Please note that the scheduled disbursement dates are anticipatory. Sometimes, the aid arrives earlier or later than the date. Please view the dates below:
    • Federal Aid (TEACH Grant & Loans): The estimated scheduled disbursement date is 1/23/2023.
    • Golden State Teacher Grant: There is no anticipated disbursement date. We will continue to keep following up with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). We will immediately notify you if we learn updates. 
    • Cal Grant: The estimated scheduled disbursement date is 2/1/2023. 
    From your Enrollment and Credentials Team: It’s not too early to review the Preliminary Credential Checklist to make sure you are on track towards meeting all the requirements for your credential. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at We are here to support you!

Wellness Corner: Promoting wellness through healthy lifestyles and support services.
We all deserve some hope and joy despite the struggle. Here is the January calendar from the Greater Good Science Center at Cal Berkeley to help you practice a day-to-day guide in self-belief.   
Cal Alerts- This system was created by the California Governor’s Office of emergency and intended to alert and educate California residents about emergency situations. 
California Flooding Home Clean-Up Support- If you need assitance with damage from the flooding, then please contact this hotline and they will connect with local reflief organizations. Please view the numbers here (for English) or here (for Spanish)
5 Strategies to Help You Cope with Feeling of Dread by Saleem Reshamwala- This podcast is part of a mini-series on the topic and includes strategies and resources to help you overcome that nagging feeling. 
TimelyCare- The service will provide access to 24/7 medical and mental virtual health care from anywhere in the United States, with no cost to visit!  Licensed providers are available to offer medical and mental health support via phone or secure video visits via the TimelyCare app or your computer. Check out the resource above to learn more! You can access Timely Care by going directly to We highly recommend downloading the application on your phone. 
CA Peer Run Warm LineNeed non-emergency referrals for community resources around wellness and mental health? If you want to talk through concerns or worries, please call the CA Warm Line at 1-855-845-7415 for assistance!
ED290 Action Research Course - Text and Research Support: 
  • ED290's The reflective educator's guide to classroom research - To access this full digital text, please go to the Alder Library's link to the ebook here. If the link doesn't work, please search for the book in the Alder Library's search database here.
  • Research support is available to all residents from APA citation to researching peer reviewed articles. For the Action Research course, please go to Research Office Hours to schedule time to chat on zoom about your group project with Dr. Ray Pun. For all class support regarding research and writing, go here.  
Testing Support and Resources for Residents:
Additional Resources:
 APA Citation and resources on academic writing, reading, and research are available in Canvas under Reading and Writing in the Graduate Level course. All residents have access to these resources in the Canvas page

Thrive and Succeed -

Words From Those that Came Before You

"Wow. During this time of year, I remember being in the midst of EdTPA, completing a research project for one of the courses, and STILL needing to pass the RICA! I was dealing with so much procrastination when it came to EdTPA and coursework. I taught A LOT in the classroom and my students always came before any coursework/studying however, I learned that if I really wanted to be their teacher I needed to prioritize the workload in front of me. This meant speaking up for what I needed. Luckily I had a very dedicated and encouraging Director that provided the warm demander I needed to get things done. By advocating for what I needed, my director was able to help me create a plan, create a space and time in which to complete the work. She regularly did check-ins about the progress of how much work I completed. My cohort was also very encouraging and checked in on me or provided resources that were helpful to them that might be helpful to me. I really leaned on them when I became overwhelmed and because we were all in the same boat we were able to understand each other and encourage one another. Like Dory says: just keep on swimming. It seems like it will never get done, but trust yourself, ask for what you need, and get it done." - Frania Ramos-Arce, Aspire Public Schools, 2018-2019 Cohort
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