Student Services Newsletter: Creating Opportunity, Cultivating Success at Alder GSE
June 2023 | First Quarterly Release
Dear Hedgehogs,
The Student Services Team at Alder GSE is excited to provide student services resources and reminders to our students. The start of the summer term is exciting and filled with wonderings, so we hope to assist you in juggling all the enrollment and course requirements. We know 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.
Please reach out to with any questions. 
Student Services Highlights
Welcome Day
As you all start your in person classes this week, be prepared to be greeted by an Alder representative in person as well this Wednesday, June 14th! We will be there to pass out some swag and answer questions you may still have. See you soon!
Alder Wellness Supports - We know how busy the residency year can be, so we hope you will check out the robust wellness resources overview. As part of our commitment to student wellness, we encourage students to register for Timely Care. 
TimelyCare- Alder is excited to partner with TimelyMD to deliver TimelyCare– a new virtual health and well-being program for students. 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. 
Single Parent Bay Area Scholarship 
Alder has received funding for a one time, unique $200 scholarship to support a single parent enrolling as a resident in a Bay Area Cohort. If you qualify and are interested in applying to this scholarship, please click here. The application will be open until Friday June 23rd.
Compelling Needs Fund
The Alder Graduate School of Education Compelling Needs Scholarship is available to students with a demonstrated compelling need. The funding can be used for an unexpected circumstance/emergency and for testing requirements. To learn more about this emergency funding, please read the information provided in the form
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
Student Services Contact List 
  • Have questions but not sure who to ask? Please utilize the contact list we have available. 
    Financial Aid
  • 22-23 GSTG applications have now been reviewed and these awards should be showing up in Populi! 23-24 GSTG applications are still being reviewed at this time, so they may not be visible in Populi just yet - we appreciate your patience as we continue to process them as quickly as possible.
  • Federal aid applications, such as the federal TEACH Grant or any federal loans, are also actively being reviewed and are starting to show up in Populi.
  • As a reminder, you can see your financial aid awards so far in Populi under My Profile > Financial > Financial Aid. If an award is showing up as "Offered" in your account, this means that a financial aid offer notification is in progress and should be coming your way soon - please wait to receive this letter and sign it in order to officially accept/decline the award.
  • Please also be sure to regularly check your Alder email, as all financial aid communications will be directed to this email address. In particular, please look out for any emails regarding the following, as these issues may delay your financial aid if not resolved quickly:
    • Required corrections to your FAFSA
    • Required additional verification documents for your FAFSA
    • Outstanding financial aid application items
    For any questions or support, please don’t hesitate to contact your Student Services Advisor.
Wellness Corner: Promoting wellness through healthy lifestyles and support services.
 We all deserve some hope and joy despite the struggle. Here is the June calendar from the Greater Good Science Center at Cal Berkeley to help you practice a day-to-day guide in self-belief.   
Weekly Wellness Tips Archive
The Weekly Wellness tips that you receive via text can be found in this folder here! Any future wellness tips will also be available there as well.
  • Reading and Writing at the Graduate Level (RWGL) Sessions:  Each week (starting on Sundays) you’ll complete a module on Canvas. The Thursday schedule consists of virtual office hour sessions from 10a-11a~ to provide more structured support for your writing and assignments. ED 200/SPED 200/ Content Methods instructors may also be present to answer any questions. Other time should be used to complete coursework. You can find out more on Canvas Course page under RWGL.
  • Check out the Alder podcast , "The Grad's Student's Voice." Hear what your classmates are sharing for tips and advice on managing academic work! 
  • Testing Supports- Preparing for upcoming exams? Be sure to check out our test support database: Mometrix! You can access it on our library website and try out the practice questions for CBEST, CSET, or RICA. Here is a deck Alder’s Librarian created outlining the library testing supports. In addition, you can always use the library's on Canvas (or in the library homepage) to chat with a live tutor to review specific subjects such as Math and Sciences. Good luck! 
    • To request access to Teachers Test Prep, please submit using this form HERE. You can also submit a request for a physical book copy in the same form. 
    • For additional support with testing, please feel free to utilize the archived tutoring sessions here & here
 If you have any questions, please reach out at

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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