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Pacific Coast Research Conference

The 28th Annual Pacific Coast Research Conference (PCRC) will be held in San Diego, California, at the Loews Coronado Bay February 20-22, 2020. 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, July 1, 2019: 2020 PCRC Call for Proposals opens. View the 2020 PCRC Call for Proposals flyer here. Links to submit poster and panel abstracts are in the "Call for Proposals" section below.
  • 11:59 p.m. CT Friday, September 6, 2019: All poster and panel proposals due (Program Committee will not accept incomplete proposals).
  • Monday, Oct. 7, 2019: 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 14, 2019: Last day to register at the early bird rate
  • Friday, November 15, 2019: Late registration fees ($475) in effect; all unpaid early bird registrations will increase to $475
  • 11:59 p.m. CT Friday, December 13, 2019: 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. Tuesday, December 31, 2019: Last day to request a full refund on 2020 PCRC registration. Please see the section titled "Registration Cancellation" at the bottom of the page for more information.
  • Thursday-Saturday, February 20-22, 2020: PCRC Conference.

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

The 2020 Pacific Coast Research Conference (PCRC) will be held Feb. 20-22,2020, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, CA. 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. 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.

The 2020 PCRC Call for Proposals (poster and panel abstracts) is now open from Monday, July 1, 2019, to 11:59 p.m. CT Friday, September 6, 2019.

Click here to submit a poster proposal.
Click here to submit a panel proposal.

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, and presenter).
  • Students and postdocs are NOT allowed to present in PCRC panels.

NEW FOR PCRC 2020: Modifying your poster design to get the most out of your hour(-ish) Have you heard of the Morrison Poster Method? Check out Mike Morrison’s 20-minute YouTube video “How to create a better research poster in less time (including templates).” His concept was also featured in a recent NPR story. Morrison provides great insight how to take your typical research poster and make it more accessible to the poster session attendee AND the presenter. We want to make it easier for people to see that research and want to collaborate with you! So, for 2020, the PCRC program committee will be giving preferential review for poster presenters who commit to presenting a Morrison-style poster. There will be a question in the poster abstract submittal form asking if you plan on formatting your PCRC poster in alignment with the Morrison method. Please note that it’s not required, but we really want you to toss “But this is how it’s always been done!” in the bin and envision changing the poster session for the better.

Registration to attend 2020 PCRC will open on Monday, October 7, 2019, 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.

PCRC 2020 Conference Registration:

PCRC 2020 registration will open in October 2019.

Registration fees and dates are as follows:

  • Second week of October through November 14: Early bird rate of $400 [payment needs to be received by November 14 to enjoy this rate; all unpaid early bird registrations will increase to the late registration rate after this date]
  • November 15 - December 13: Late registration rate of $475
  • Registration closes December 13
  • 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 20;
  • Poster session reception on evening of Friday, February 21;
  • Dinner on evening of Saturday, February 22.

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.


Hotel Information:

PCRC is pleased to return to Loews Coronado Bay in 2020. 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://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 2020 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: Mar. 4-6, 2021
    • PCRC 2022: Feb. 17-19, 2022

    Registration Cancellation:

    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. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. 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@vumc.org, 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).