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Pacific Coast Research Conference

The 29th Annual Pacific Coast Research Conference (PCRC) will be held in two forms for 2021 -- a virtual Pacific Coast Research Conference (Feb. 1-10, 2021), and an intimate, in-person PCRC retreat* (Feb. 11-13, 2021), as is legally allowed by California COVID-19 regulations. Please add these dates in your calendars.

* PCRC coordinators are closely observing the situation surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic and possible implications on 2021's in-person meeting. Please visit this site frequently for updates. News will be shared to subscribers to PCRC's mailing list correspondence. Not subscribed yet? Please email pacificcoastresearchconference@gmail.com to join.

About the Conference:

This is an annual research meeting typically 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.

Mailing List:

To join the mailing list so that you will automatically receive updates on the Pacific Coast Research Conference, please email pacificcoastresearchconference@gmail.com. If you are already receiving PCRC e-mails from pacificcoastresearchconference@gmail.com, 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 email pacificcoastresearchconference@gmail.com with your request along with any related URLs or attachments.

PCRC 2021 Key Dates:

  • Tuesday, Sept, 15, 2020: 2021 PCRC Call for Proposals opens. View the 2021 PCRC Call for Proposals flyer here. Links to submit poster and panel abstracts are in the "Call for Proposals" section below and will be emailed to PCRC mailing list subscribers.
  • 11:59 p.m. PT Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020: All poster and panel proposals due (Program Committee will not accept incomplete proposals).
  • Mid-November: Notifications regarding accepted proposals have been sent by the PCRC Program Committee by this date; conference registration opens for the Virtual PCRC ($100). Registration may also open for the in-person PCRC Retreat* (fee TBD) at this date.
  • Monday, Jan. 25, 2021: Last day to register for the Virtual Pacific Coast Research Conference.
  • 11:59 p.m. CT Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021: Last day to request a refund in writing on 2021 Virtual PCRC registration. Please see the section titled "Registration Cancellation" at the bottom of the page for more information.
  • February 1-10, 2021: Potential dates of Virtual PCRC Conference (depending on number of accepted panel proposals).
  • Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 11-13, 2021: In-Person PCRC Retreat* (if it is legally allowable).

Call for Proposals, Proposal Submission Procedure and Conference Mailing List:

The 2021 Virtual Pacific Coast Research Conference (PCRC) will be held between Feb. 1-10, 2021, (depending on number of accepted panel proposals), completely online. This is an annual research meeting 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. 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. There will also be an in-person PCRC Retreat* at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, CA, Feb. 11-13, 2021. The in-person retreat will be an informal gathering for researchers to take part in rich discussion on a variety of assigned topics.

* PCRC coordinators are closely observing the situation surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic and possible implications on 2021's in-person meeting. Please visit this site frequently for updates. News will be shared to subscribers to PCRC's mailing list correspondence. Not subscribed yet? Please email pacificcoastresearchconference@gmail.com to join.

The 2020 PCRC Call for Proposals (poster and panel abstracts) is now open from Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, to 11:59 p.m. PT Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.

Click here to submit a poster proposal for 2021 Virtual PCRC.
Click here to submit a panel proposal for 2021 Virtual PCRC.
Click here to indicate your commitment to attend an in-person PCRC retreat* (Feb. 11-13, 2021) if legally allowable.

Guidelines for submission:

  • Interested PCRC attendees are allowed to submit/present up to two posters AND one panel presentation during PCRC.
  • Attendees can participate in only one panel during the conference (this includes panel chair, discussant/moderator, and presenter).
  • Students are NOT allowed to present in PCRC panels.

Registration to attend 2021 PCRC, either through the virtual option or the in-person retreat, will open the week of Nov. 16, 2020, 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, email pacificcoastresearchconference@gmail.com.

Hotel Information:

PCRC is pleased to return to Loews Coronado Bay Resort in 2021. 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 under the PCRC room block is https://book.passkey.com/go/PCRC2020. You can also contact the Loews Reservations Department directly at (800) 235-6397 to make, change, or cancel reservations. The 2021 rate is $239 single occupancy, $259 double occupancy, $279 triple occupancy, and $299 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 included on the mornings of Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22. 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 2021: Feb. 11-13, 2021
    • PCRC 2022: Feb. 17-19, 2022

    Registration Cancellation:

    If you must cancel your registration for the 2021 VIRTUAL conference, PCRC will refund your registration fee in full if requests are received by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. No refunds will be made after that date. For the in-person PCRC Retreat: In the event of cancellation of this conference due to unforeseen circumstances, PCRC will refund registration fees **minus the $100 Virtual PCRC registration included in your retreat registration.** 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.


  • Please direct questions to pacificcoastresearchconference@gmail.com or (615) 322-8238.