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Montana Education Research Alliance

MERA is a partnership between REL Northwest and state, local, and tribal education stakeholders in Montana. The alliance's goal is to strengthen the use of data and research to inform practice and policy decisions on key state challenges.


MERA's current projects include:

  • Addressing educator recruitment and retention issues
  • Improving college credit transferability for American Indian students
  • Sharing evidence about effective alternative education programs
  • Promoting the use of Montana's Early Warning System


Grow-Your-Own Programs for American Indian Teachers in Montana

Study Examines Educator Shortages in Montana

Montana Early Warning System (EWS) Videos


  • Elsie Arntzen, Superintendent, Office of Public Instruction
  • Laurie Bishop, Director, Montana Afterschool Alliance
  • Sandra Boham, President, Salish Kootenai College
  • Jayne Downey, Professor, University of Montana
  • Marco Ferro, Public Policy Director, MEA-MFT
  • Angela McLean, Director of American Indian/Minority Achievement and K-12 Partnerships, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
  • Lance Melton, Executive Director, Montana School Boards Association
  • Eric Meredith, Data Analyst, Office of Public Instruction
  • Kirk Miller, Executive Director, School Administrators of Montana
  • Dennis Parman, Executive Director, Montana Rural Education Association
  • Tricia Seifert, Associate Professor and Department Head, Montana State University
  • Bethany Steinken, Program Support Coordinator, Montana Afterschool Alliance
  • Rob Watson, Superintendent, Missoula County Public Schools
  • Amy Williams, Dual Enrollment and Montana Career Pathways Manager, Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education
  • Denise Williams, Executive Director, Montana Association of School Business Officials
  • Curtis Yarlott, Executive Director, St. Labre School
  • David Yarlott, Chair, Montana Tribal College President's Association


Sun Young Yoon

Sun Young Yoon


Erich Stiefvater

Erich Stiefvater