Student Services Newsletter: Creating Opportunity, Cultivating Success at Alder GSE
July 2021 | First Quarterly Release

Dear Alder Resident,
The Student Services Team at Alder GSE is excited to provide resources and reminders to our residents. As the school year speeds ahead, we understand all the obligations you are juggling. We feel for you and understand that being a resident means being a full-time graduate student and teacher, while also balancing personal and family responsibilities. 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 as a resident-teacher and graduate student.
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
Health Insurance --  As we prepare for the fall, please know that we are committed to helping you receive health insurance through either Medi-Cal, Covered CA, or eHealth Insurance. Please visit this resource for more information. If you are curious about applying or requesting a letter of verification, then please do not hesitate to contact us at or schedule a meeting with Marlene Lopez at
Alder Wellness Supports -- We know how busy the residency year can be, so we hope you will check out the robust wellness resources overview, including EAP resources and TESS offered to all our residents. The supports they offer include counseling services, financial/legal advice, and daily wellness updates.
Housing Supports- Are you interested in either relocating or moving in with an Alder resident? If so, then please register here and we will do our best to connect with a fellow resident that desires to reside in the same area and has similar interests.

"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
  • - Need help with writing? is a database for all residents who would like to get feedback on their writing and citation support. It is a 24/7 service that residents can meet with a live tutor or submit their papers for feedback. To access this database, visit the library’s page, or your course canvas page or Populi. 
  • Academic Writing Sessions - Curious on how to enhance your academic writing and citation formatting? Check out the recordings for Session 1 and 2.
  • Questions? Contact our librarian  at

Wellness Corner: Promoting wellness through healthy lifestyles and support services.
Greater Good Science Center Happiness Calendar-  We all deserve some hope and joy despite the struggle. Here is the July calendar from the Greater Good Science Center at Cal Berkeley to help you practice a day-to-day guide in self-belief.
Gratitude Journal. It’s easy to take the good things and people in our lives for granted, but research suggests that consciously giving thanks for them can have profound effects on our well-being and relationships. This exercise helps you develop a greater appreciation for the good in your life. In fact, people who routinely express gratitude enjoy better health and greater happiness.
How To Be a Trans Ally by Tuck Woodstock. As we conclude Pride Month, NPR explores different ways one can continue to be an ally for our trans community and advance equity in the workplace in this podcast.

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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