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The 32nd Annual Pacific Coast Research Conference (PCRC) will be held WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2024, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, California. The schedule has been shifted to a Wednesday-Friday schedule in both 2023 and 2024.

Call for Abstracts & Conference News: 
REGISTRATION FOR 2024 PCRC WILL OPEN MONDAY, OCTOBER 23! Check your inboxes Monday morning for an email with registration links, or come back here for links to regular attendee and guest registration. 

CLICK HERE to book your room at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort ASAP

Final decisions about poster and panel submittals were sent out on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Please check your email. There were a record number of poster and panel abstracts submitted this year. Our PCRC program committee had some tough decisions to make. Thank you for your patience.  

The Aletheia Society Unconference - Wednesday, January 31, 2024
In collaboration with PCRC, the Aletheia Society, a new professional organization devoted to transparent and rigorous research in special education, is holding its first Unconference on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. An unconference is a participant-driven event emphasizing collaborative work over didactic presentations. 
The day will start at 9:00 a.m. with an overview of the Aletheia Society, involve breakout hackathons and lightning sessions, and be finished in time for the opening PCRC plenary session. Come to San Diego early to be part of this FREE inaugural event!  If you are interested in learning more about the Unconference and/or would like to attend, please indicate your interest on the PCRC registration form, or reach out to co-coordinators Bill Therrien ( ) and Bryan Cook (

News on this year's PCRC and future conferences, including registration links for 2024 PCRC as soon as it is open, will be shared with subscribers to PCRC's mailing list correspondence. Not subscribed yet? Please email to join.

2024 PCRC Key Dates:

Please make a note of these submittal and registration deadlines, and be sure you are subscribed to the PCRC mailing list:

  • Monday, June 26: The Call for Abstracts for 2024 PCRC opens. The links to poster and panel portals will be posted on the PCRC website and will also be sent to the PCRC mailing list.
  • Friday, Sept. 8: 2024 PCRC Call for Abstracts closes.
  • Wednesday, October 18: Poster/panel submission notifications are mailed out
  • Monday, October 23: PCRC registration is open at the $525 Early Bird rate for all general attendees. Guest registration, which covers all PCRC-hosted meals, is $300.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16: Last day to register at the $525 Early Bird rate. All incomplete attendee registration payments will be increased on Nov. 17.
  • Friday, Nov. 17: PCRC attendee registration increases to $600. Guest registration, which covers all PCRC-hosted meals, is $300.
  • Friday, Dec. 15: Last day to register (general attendees AND guests) for 2024 PCRC.
    • All incomplete/unpaid registrations must be completed and paid before this deadline.
    • Presenters who have not registered AND paid will have their presentations removed from the PCRC schedule.
    • There will be no onsite registration at 2024 PCRC.
  • Sunday, Dec. 31: Last day to cancel your PCRC registration and request a refund (minus a small administrative fee). See the Registration Cancellation section below for full details.
  • Wednesday through Friday, Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2024: The 2024 PCRC magic happens!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Conference Duration: 
PCRC typically begins early evening Wednesday (5:00 p.m. PT) with check-in, opening session panel discussion, and opening night dinner. The conference concludes late evening Friday, with a closing session panel, brief business meeting, and closing night dinner. Guests at the Loews typically check in Wednesday afternoon and check out Saturday morning. (See "Hotel" section below for more info.)

Poster sessions: 
Posters will be presented on 3' H x 4' W trifold poster boards on top of tables. PCRC will provide the boards, board numbers, and binder clips to hang posters. Presenters can serve as lead presenter on ONE poster to allow opportunities for other presenters to showcase their research. Please limit your abstract submittal to one poster. For brevity, the PCRC Program Book lists up to two presenters per poster, but complete abstracts are posted online with full lists of presenters/authors.

Panel sessions: 
Panel sessions are two hours in length. The organizer of each panel session unites multiple researchers from several institutions to contribute brief perspectives on a single theme OR gathers researchers from a single institution to present facets of a single piece of work, building in time at the end for Q&A. Panelists may not serve on more than one panel -- this includes the role of discussant. Graduate students may not serve on panels. When crafting your abstract, please limit the the names of panelists to those who will actually be presenting during your session should your panel be selected.

We recommend booking your stay at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort immediately after registering for PCRC by clicking on the discounted PCRC room block link provided to us by the hotel. Rooms reserved using that link are applied toward our obligations to the hotel and help us keep conference costs down. The reservation link is added to the PCRC website (2024 PCRC rooms may be reserved here) and sent to the PCRC listserv when registration opens in mid-October. The room block closes about a month before the conference, or when the hotel reaches capacity, whichever comes first. There are times when the Loews hosts other groups at the same time as PCRC, so room availability varies once the room block is full. The closer to PCRC I need to add to the room block (meaning, the later attendees wait to book their lodgings), the less likely rooms will be available. Once the room block deadline passes, we cannot extend the PCRC discounted rate. So, please, reserve your room at the Loews as soon as possible!

Should there be no more occupancy at the Loews Coronado, here are some other area hotels you can try:

Pier South Resort
800 Seacoast Dr.
Imperial Beach, CA 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

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. In 2023 and 2024, the meeting will shift and will run from Wednesday evening until Friday evening. 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 

If you wish to share an announcement with the mailing list, please email with your request along with any related deadlines to consider, URLs, and attachments. Non-conference-related information (e.g. faculty job postings, academic journal CfPs) is collected and sent around once a month to limit email frequency. If you wish to be removed from the non-conference-related mailing list, please let Elizabeth Turner know by emailing the PCRC email address above.

Mark Your Calendars! Future PCRC Dates:

  • PCRC 2024: Wednesday, Jan. 31 - Friday, Feb. 2, 2024
  • PCRC 2025: Wednesday, Feb. 5 - Friday, Feb. 7, 2025

Registration Cancellation:

If you must cancel your registration for the 2024 conference, PCRC will refund your registration fee (minus a small processing fee) if requests are received IN WRITING to by 11:59 p.m. PT Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023. Refunds after that date will not be issued.

If the unlikely event that the conference is cancelled, PCRC will issue refunds of registration fees only. Guests are responsible for managing their own travel, food, and lodging.

Please reach out to Elizabeth Turner at with any questions.