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Pacific Coast Research Conference

The 29th Annual Pacific Coast Research Conference (PCRC) will be held as a virtual Pacific Coast Research Conference the week of Feb. 8, 2021, with live interactive events scheduled to take place on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11 and 12. NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the in-person meeting has been cancelled for 2021. Please add these dates in your calendars, along with registration deadlines below under "Key Dates."

News on 2021 PCRC 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.

PCRC 2021 Live Events Schedule:

PCRC 2021 Keynote Discussion with Mitchell Yell and David Bateman: Progress Monitoring, Compensatory Education, & COVID-19

Providing educational services to students with disabilities who are eligible for services under the IDEA has been a challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the U.S. Department of Education is clear that school districts must continue to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE), while being mindful about the need to protect the health and safety of students with disabilities, administrators, related service personnel and teachers who are providing special education, specialized instruction, and related services. During the pandemic, schools may not be able to provide certain in-person services. However, districts must make every effort to provide special education and related services to the child in accordance with their IEPs. We assert that the key to ensuring that students receive a FAPE during the pandemic, is by monitoring student’s progress and reacting to the data. In this session, we will (a) present OSEP and OCR policies and guidance on meeting the FAPE requirements of IDEA and Section 504, (b), provide updates on recent case law relating to implementing educational programs for students with disabilities, (c) discuss the differences between compensatory education ordered by a hearing officer or judge and compensatory services decided by an IEP team, and (d) discuss the importance of progress monitoring.

About the Keynote Speakers:
Mitchell Yell, Ph.D., serves as Fred and Francis Lester Palmetto Chair in Teacher Education in the University of South Carolina's Department of Special Education. Yell earned his Ph.D. in Education Psychology from the University of Minnesota. His primary area of research and writing is on IEP development, legal issues in special education, classroom management, progress monitoring, and evidence-based practices in special education.

David F. Bateman, Ph.D., is a professor at Shippensburg University in the Department of Educational Leadership and Special Education, where he teaches courses on special education law, assessment, and facilitating inclusion. He is a former due process hearing officer for Pennsylvania for over 580 hearings. He uses his knowledge of litigation relating to special education to assist school districts in providing appropriate supports for students with disabilities.

Yell and Bateman's presentation will be recorded in advance and sent to all 2021 PCRC registrants along with all conference materials on Monday, Feb. 8, for viewing on the participant's schedule. They will be on hand for a special Q&A session to kick off PCRC's live events on the morning of Thursday, Feb. 11.

Cays Lounge Virtual Happy Hour

An informal addition to our 2021 PCRC Schedule is the Cays Lounge Virtual Happy Hour, scheduled for 3:00 p.m. PT the evenings of Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11 and 12. We will miss the interactions we usually have over coffee at breakfast or wine at the poster sessions, so we've included an hour during the afternoon for PCRC registrants to get together over Zoom (over optional drinks, BYOB!) and chat with old friends.

PCRC 2021 Remaining Key Dates:

  • 11:59 p.m. PT Friday, Jan. 29, 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.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021: Last day for non-presenting attendees to register for the Virtual Pacific Coast Research Conference.
  • Monday, Feb. 8, 2021: All materials for 2021 Virtual PCRC Conference, including pre-recorded panel presentations, poster files, and a schedule of events, will be sent to registered attendees for perusal at their convenience.
  • Thursday-Friday, Feb. 11-12, 2021: Live Zoom interations scheduled for each panel presentation and groups of poster presenters (grouped by topic) will take place on a schedule sent to registered attendees.

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.

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. PT Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. No refunds will be made after that date.

Mark Your Calendars! Future PCRC Dates:

  • PCRC 2021: Feb. 8-12, 2021
  • PCRC 2022: Feb. 17-19, 2022

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