Supporting schools since 1957

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Since 1957, the Institute for Educational Research and Service (IERS) has provided grant-funded training and technical assistance to P/K-16 schools and community agencies across the United States. Our work spans the topics of child development, school safety, childhood trauma, suicide and bullying prevention, and victim advocacy, among others. Two of our three centers, the Montana Safe Schools Center and Co-Teach preschool, focus on students in the state of Montana, and our Montana Victim Advocate Academy trains victim advocates statewide. The National Native Children's Trauma Center focuses on American Indian/Alaska Native communities across the U.S. 

Located in McGill Hall, we are a part of the University of Montana's College of Education and Human Sciences.

IERS houses the following centers and programs

The National Native Children's Trauma Center

The National Native Children's Trauma Center works to raise the standard of care in the prevention and treatment of childhood trauma. NNCTC is funded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the U.S. Administration for Children and Families. Visit the NNCTC homepage 

Montana Safe Schools Center

The Montana Safe Schools Center serves as a training and technical assistance center for schools and communities seeking to improve school culture and climate, reduce bullying and suicide, enhance emergency preparedness, and promote trauma-informed interventions and supports. Visit the MSSC homepage

Co-Teach Preschool

Co-Teach is now offering family-child resiliency resources in a small group format for children aged 4 to 8 and their families. Activities focus on building strong attachments that result in healthy and resilient family-child interactions. For more information, please visit the Co-Teach homepage.

Montana Victim Advocate Academy

The Montana Victim Advocate Academy is a 40-hour, 5-day residential course that provides essential victim advocate training across the range of crimes and systems. The Basic Academy is appropriate for all victim advocates working for governmental or non-profit agencies. Visit the MVAA homepage