Frequently Asked Questions

General:     Back

Q: Who is eligible for the Jim Davidson Scholarship?
A:Graduating seniors who show evidence of ability and merit in the field of scholastic journalism. The recipient must be a veteran of the Gloria Shields All-American Publications Workshop and must plan to continue in the field of journalism at a college or university. A major in journalism is not required.

Q: Who is eligible for the Jane Pak Scholarship?
A: Graduating seniors who show evidence of ability and merit in the field of scholastic journalism. The recipient must be a veteran of the Gloria Shields All-American Publications Workshop and must plan to continue in the field of journalism at a college or university. A major in journalism is not required.

Q: When is curfew each night?
A:11 p.m. Students are to be in their room with the door closed at this time.

Q: Is transportation provided?
A: The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle service to many shops and restaurants located within a five mile radius of the hotel. Dallas County Schools will only be providing transportation to workshop-related field trips.

Q: When should I arrive on the first day?
A: Registration opens at 10 a.m. Monday, and the opening session begins at 1 p.m. You should arrive early enough to check in to your room and get settled before the opening session. Early registration is available Sunday 2-4 p.m.

Q: What types of activities have been planned?
A: Classes will take up the larger part of the day, but several activities have been planned throughout the week:

  
      Wednesday evening: Auction and Dance


Q:What are Dallas Dollars, and how do I get them?
A: Dallas Dollars are rewarded to students who show exemplary performance in classes and can be used to purchase items at the Tuesday evening auction.


Registration:    Back

Q:How do I know which level of class to register for?
A: There are different class levels for Photography, Yearbook and Newspaper.

Boot Camp: Perfect for a first-year staffer or a student in need of a refresher course. This is a great way to cover the basics of your area of interest.

Intermediate: Second or third-year staffers are able to improve their skills and gain new knowledge.

Advanced: Seniors and staffers in leadership positions are on the advanced level. Students must have vast knowledge and ability in their subject.

The course descriptions found here can also be helpful in determining which course best fits your capabilities.

Q: What do I do if I want to switch classes?
A:Your adviser has the ability to log in to the workshop registration website to change your class selection.

Hotel:    Back

Q: How do I reserve my hotel room?
A. Please send to your rooming list to

For Group Reservations and to organize billing please contact:

Phylicia Jasper, Group Manager
Phone: 972-687-7485

or

Adrienne Polisky, Group Housing Coordinator
Phone: 972-404-5018
Fax: 972-687-7472
 
mailto:adrienne.polisky@marriott.com


Please make sure to set the correct dates. Bonus classes are Sunday, June 26. The workshop runs Monday, June 27 to noon Thursday, June 30. 

 

Q:When is the deadline to reserve a hotel room?
A: June 16.

Q: How much do the hotel rooms cost?
A: Each room is priced at $102.00 per night plus applicable taxes. 

Q: Are meals provided?
A: No. You will be responsible for all of your meals for the week. There is a restaurant inside the hotel, as well as many surrounding locations to eat. There are over 160 restaurants within a four mile radius of the hotel. Click on the following link for a list of those restaurants. (http://addisontexas.net/where_to_eat/addison_restaurants/)

Q: Is internet access included in room price?
A: Yes. Internet access is included in the price of your room. Free wireless internet access is available in all meeting rooms and in the lobby. Wireless internet is available in the lobby for free. Wired and Wireless internet are available in the meeting rooms- additional costs will apply.

Q: When should I arrive on the first day?
A: Registration opens at 10 a.m. and the opening session begins at 1:00 p.m. You should arrive early enough to check in to your room and get settled before the opening session. Hotel check in begins at 3:00 p. m.


Q: How can I contact the hotel?
A:The direct phone line for the hotel is 972-404-5018. You may also visit the hotel website at: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dalqc-dallas-addison-marriott-quorum-by-the-galleria/

Q:Will there be security guards on-site?
A:Yes, the hotel provides around-the-clock security along with additional security provided by the workshop.

Payments/Financial:    Back

Q: How much does each class cost?
A: Each class costs $110 (with the exception of the "Online Publishing" and "Video" class, which costs $150 due to the internet access fees). Pre-Conference Classes on Sunday night are priced at $10 per student.

Q: Where do I mail my payments, and when are they due?
A: You can make checks payable to Dallas County Schools, and mail to:

Dallas County Schools
Attn: Gloria Shields Workshop
612 North Zang Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75208

In order to guarantee your spot in a class, Dallas County Schools must have payment in full.

Q: I registered for the workshop and would like to go back and submit a PayPal payment, how do I access PayPal once I have completed registration? A: Click here to go back to the payments section.


Q: Will I get a refund if I am not able to attend?
A:You will receive an $80 refund if you are unable to attend (there is a non-refundable $30 cancellation fee).

Q: What payment options do I have? A: You may pay online with PayPal, personal or school check or school purchase order.


If you will be using PayPal, please note the following:
Processing Fees are 2.9% of the total amount plus 30 cents per transaction.
Please see Examples below.

If student is paying for Class, processing costs are $110 * .029 + .30 = 3.49
If adviser is paying for 2 student classes, processing costs are $220 * .029 + .30 = 6.68

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