Savor South America, from cosmopolitan capitals to ancient Incan ruins.
The sophisticated cities of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires are the perfect introduction to this continent of contrasts. You’ll also undertake thrilling outdoor adventures, such as admiring the Iguassu waterscape from every angle and embarking on expeditions of Incan sites, like the legendary Machu Picchu.
For full trip information and pricing, click on the links below.
The Best way to Start your Reservation:
- Call our dedicated group reservation line: 800-438-7672
- *Be sure to mention our specific tour number –70053216– Martha Martinez, so that we can associate them with your group!
- Visit your personalized website link: https://southamericacalsa.grouptoursite.com
- *it is VERY important travelers go to your link, and not the main Go Ahead Tours page. This is the only way we will know they belong to your group!
- Travelers can also send in the attached reservation form with a check or money order to:
Go Ahead Tours
Group Travel Department
Attn: Olivia Hershiser
Two Education Circle, Cambridge MA 02141
- Use your online account by visiting goaheadtours.com/myaccountand use the email address you’ve provided us for your account—Here you can view your tour details and all of your traveler’s accounts
- The deposit per person is $450.00 at the time of reservation
- The final payment date is 09/02/2017
- Insurance: We have two types of insurance, Trip Protection & Basic Trip Protection (see more information attached). Both can be purchased at any time before the final payment date, however if you purchase the Trip Protection within 72 hours of booking you earn our bonus “Any Reason Protection.”
- Any Reason Protection:This protection comes into play for non-insurance related cancellation requests (ie. A wedding is now scheduled for the tour date, or a baby is being born). If this were to occur, the traveler will have three months to be able to rebook onto another Go Ahead Tour and transfer their funds
- See more information about this attached.
- Deposit Refund: Should any travelers who put down their deposit change their mind about the trip and want a refund, they will have 72 hours from putting down the deposit to ask for a refund. The deposit will be non-refundable after the 72 hours.
- Cancellation Policy: Our cancelation policy can be found in our terms and conditions page here.
The need to support Latino students has never been more critical.
As families struggle, so do students. Our negative and uncertain times strike directly at children’s ability to focus on academics and forces them to face enormous social and emotional pressures — at times without hope.
Across the United States and in our home state of California, leaders from district superintendents to elected and civic leaders must step up to support the many students and families who are suffering from increased intimidation, hostility, and even violence brought on by our changing political climate. We must be champions of the idea that all students have a legal right to an education, regardless of any differences.
The challenges Latino students face are entrenched, systemic, and begin early in students’ academic lives: Latino youth are less likely than other children to enroll in preschool (43 percent of Latino children ages 3-5 are not enrolled in prekindergarten programs). Thirty-eight percent of Latino children in California live in poverty – a far larger percentage than their non-Latino peers – and 56 percent of kindergartners held back in 2009 were Latino.As executive director of the California Latino Superintendents Association, I am all too familiar with the urgency of increasing the number of Latino students who graduate from high school ready for college and careers. Latino students have lower graduation rates, higher high school drop-out rates, and few transition to our UC system. Thirty percent of Latinos drop out of high school and only 29 percent of Latino graduates complete college preparatory classes.
To change these entrenched inequalities, we need more Latino and Latina superintendents to lead our school districts. There is a growing understanding that leaders of the same background and race as their students can foster increased engagement, confidence, trust, relationships, and comfort. They understand their community, the barriers Latinos face, and many of the supports they need. Advocates of increased diversity do not argue that every student needs to be taught or led by a leader of his or her same race, but all leaders must be culturally proficient.
Regardless of their race or ethnic background, superintendents across our state are courageously providing protections and reflecting on the rights of the students they are obligated to serve. I have seen today’s superintendents develop and issue to their communities “fact sheets” pertaining to undocumented students’ and families’ rights. Their efforts have also extended to providing clarity on staff rights and obligations. Very often, this is in connection to possible actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and other government authorities.
Superintendents have also created “parents’ rights” notifications and summaries that inform parents of items and issues connected to emergency cards, emergency information, and privacy rights. Lastly, a high number of school boards, in conjunction with their superintendents, have declared their school districts “sanctuaries” or “safe havens” by adopting policies to protect students to the extent they are able under the law, so students can focus on school, thereby removing much of the anxiety that can distort a student’s academic progress.
To provide the ongoing support that our students deserve, we are committed as an organization to working cooperatively with stakeholders across California to strengthen the legislative, community and academic foundation for all students, but especially Latino students. An important step will be our “One Voice Assembly” in Sacramento today to promote success in college and careers. The assembly is designed to surface fresh thinking and actionable solutions to the college-readiness crisis among Latino students.
The inequalities are simply too great – and too important – to ignore. Our future as a state and a country relies on the success and enfranchisement of all our students, regardless of their race, background, religion or socioeconomic status. As with everything our organization does, we are striving to advance and maximize equitable paths and opportunities for the students that we serve. In this challenging time, we owe it to our students to do everything in our power to help them reach their educational goals.
David Verdugo is the Executive Director of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA).
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CA School Accountability: The CA School Dashboard
CALSA and PD Learning Network are proud to announce a new online professional development course for educators on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Click here to watch an introduction to the course by Dr. Verdugo”
The course breaks down ESSA by each Title section and identifies specific changes teachers and administrators need to understand to comply with the legislation and take advantage of new opportunities.
Course participants may earn digital badges/micro-credentials for demonstrating competency by submitting evidence of learning to our credentialed team of teachers.
This course is complimentary— a value-added membership benefit for all CALSA members.
Visit pdln.com/essa to learn more.