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Pacific Coast Research Conference

The 27th Annual Pacific Coast Research Conference (PCRC) will be held in San Diego, California, at the Loews Coronado Bay February 21-23, 2019. Please mark your calendars.

About the Conference:

This is an annual research meeting held on the West Coast in mid-winter. It is for researchers concerned about teaching, learning, and schooling for students with mild to moderate disabilities. PCRC is a unique research meeting, characterized by intensity and informality. The meeting runs from Thursday evening until Saturday night; sessions are two hours in length. PCRC is distinguished by the high quality of research presented, an informality that promotes effective and vigorous participation and interaction, and an opportunity to discuss controversial topics or works in progress.

Key Dates:

  • Monday, June 25, 2018: 2019 PCRC Call for Proposals opens. View the 2019 PCRC Call for Proposals flyer here.
  • 5:00 p.m. CT Monday, September 10, 2018: All poster and panel proposals due (Program Committee will not accept incomplete proposals).
  • UPDATE: The 2019 Call for Poster and Panel Proposals is now closed.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018: Notifications regarding accepted proposals have been sent by the PCRC Program Committee by this date; conference registration opens at the early bird rate ($400)
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018: Last day to register at the early bird rate
  • Friday, November 16, 2018: Late registration fees ($475) in effect; all unpaid early bird registrations will increase to $475
  • 11:59 p.m. CT Friday, December 14, 2018: Last day to REGISTER AND PAY for conference -- there is no on-site registration for PCRC
  • Late December: Loews Coronado Bay sleeping room discount expires (or when room block sells out, whichever occurs first)
  • 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 31, 2018: Last day to request a full refund on 2019 PCRC registration. Please see the section titled "Registration Cancellation" at the bottom of the page for more information.
  • Thursday-Saturday, February 21-23, 2019: PCRC Conference

PCRC 2019 Conference Registration:

***REGISTRATION FOR 2019 PCRC IS NOW OPEN!*** Click here to register to attend.

Registration fees and dates are as follows:

  • Second week of October through November 15: Early bird rate of $400 [payment needs to be received by November 15 to enjoy this rate; all unpaid early bird registrations will increase to the late registration rate after this date]
  • November 16 - December 14: Late registration rate of $475
  • Registration closes December 14
  • On-site registration IS NOT available

If you are having problems paying with a credit card online, please register selecting the option to "pay later." After you complete registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. That e-mail will give you the phone number to call to provide your credit card information via telephone.

Conference registrants enjoy:

  • Reception on evening of Thursday, February 21;
  • Poster session reception on evening of Friday, February 22;
  • Dinner on evening of Saturday, February 23.

If you are bringing a guest to the conference, their fee to partake in the breakfasts, receptions, and dinner is $250. Please register/pay for your guest AFTER you have registered yourself as a general PCRC attendee and indicated that you will be bringing a guest. NOTE: When registering, please be sure to add your guest's name as "Registrant Name" so payment may be connected to the attendee.


Registration to attend 2019 PCRC will open on Monday, October, 8 2018, after proposal notifications have been sent. The link to register will be sent to those who are on the PCRC mailing list. To join the mailing list so that you will automatically receive updates on the Pacific Coast Research Conference, complete this form.

Hotel Information:

PCRC is pleased to return to Loews Coronado Bay in 2019. Coronado is located across the Big Bay from downtown San Diego, California.

Hotel Sleeping Room Reservations:

Please be advised that in order to keep conference costs down (and therefore affordable conference registration and sleeping room rates!) we ask that you kindly reserve your hotel room directly with the hotel (rather than through a service like Expedia). The link to reserve your hotel room is https://aws.passkey.com/go/PCRC2019. You can also contact the Loews Reservations Department directly at (800) 235-6397 to make, change, or cancel reservations. The 2019 rate is $229 single occupancy, $249 double occupancy, $269 triple occupancy & $289 quad occupancy.

Please communicate with any colleagues with whom you are sharing a room to avoid double-booking.

Hotel FAQs

  • Q: When should I make my room reservation?
    • A: The sooner the better! Hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Q: The hotel is sold out one of the nights. What are other nearby hotels I can stay at?
    • A: Here are some other area hotels you can try:
  • Pier South Resort
  • 800 Seacoast Drive
  • Imperial Beach, California 91932
  • (619) 621-5900


  • Hotel del Coronado
  • 1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118
  • (619) 435-6611


  • Glorietta Bay Inn
  • 1630 Glorietta Blvd, Coronado, CA 92118
  • (800) 283-9383
  • Q: Why shouldn't I make my hotel room reservation via Expedia, Hotwire, etc.?
    • A: We do not receive credit from the hotel if rooms are reserved outside Loews' reservation system. If we do not get credit, our conference costs increase. Additionally, you will not receive the group concessions associated with the room block: discounted room rate, breakfast included for Friday & Saturday, discounted self-parking, etc. if you book through another service. To keep affordable conference registration and sleeping room rates and to enjoy these perks, please help us by reserving directly with the hotel.
  • Q: Do I make payment for the room at the time I make the reservation?
    • A: No, it isn't until you check out of the hotel that you make payment. The reservation merely holds your room at the hotel.
  • Q: What if I need to cancel my sleeping room reservation?
    • A: 72 hour notice is required for cancelling sleeping room reservation. You will pay 50% of room rate if you check out early.
  • Q: What is the check-in time?
    • A: 4 pm.
  • Q: What is the check-out time?
    • A: 12 pm
  • Q: My colleague reserved a room and I want to share it with her. How do I get added to the room?
    • A: The person who makes the reservation needs to call (800) 235-6397 and request that your name be added to the room reservation. Please reference your confirmation number.
  • Q: If I’m sharing my room with a colleague, how will our room bill get split?
    • A: Upon check-in, both of you will need to inform the clerk that you are splitting the bill. You will both need to provide your credit cards.
  • Q: What is included in the room rate?
    • A: Registered hotel guests receive a complimentary continental breakfast on the mornings of Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3. Hotel guests also enjoy Wi-Fi in their sleeping rooms, access to the fitness center, shuttle service to downtown Coronado village, yoga and aerobics classes, and use of tennis courts - all on a complimentary basis.
  • Q: I want to book a room with a double bed instead of a king size bed. When I click on the link I only have the option for a king bed. How can I get a room with a double bed instead?
    • A: Write your request in the comments section of the online reservation form.


    Mark Your Calendars! Future PCRC Dates:

    • PCRC 2020: Feb. 20-22, 2020
    • PCRC 2021: Mar. 4-6, 2021

    Registration Cancellation:

    ***PLEASE NOTE REVISED CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY*** If you must cancel your registration for this conference, PCRC will refund your registration fee in full if requests are received by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. No refunds will be made after that date. In the event of cancellation or rescheduling of this conference due to unforeseen circumstances, PCRC will refund registration fees in full. Since you are responsible for making your own travel arrangements, PCRC is not responsible for non-transferable, non-refundable airline tickets or hotel accommodations purchased in connection with attendance at this conference.


    Mailing List:

    To join the mailing list so that you will automatically receive updates on the Pacific Coast Research Conference, complete this form. If you are already receiving e-mails from pcrc@vanderbilt.edu, there is no need to complete this form.

    If you are a member of the Pacific Coast Research Conference mailing list and wish to share an announcement with the mailing list, please complete this form. The Executive Committee will review your request and disseminate the announcement at its earliest opportunity, if approved.


  • This conference is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (VKC). Please direct questions to pcrc@vumc.org or (615) 322-8240.

    The VKC welcomes persons with disabilities. Contact pcrc@vumc.org or (615) 343-5322 for disability access information. Two weeks advance notice recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).