Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Educational Experiences

Today’s Vote in the Classroom


Today’s Vote in the Classroom

This free classroom resource provided educators with all of the materials necessary to hold a simulated Senate debate in the classroom. Two-day lesson plans guide your class through examining a national issue, evaluating proposed provisions that might address the issue, previewing an actual bill that has been before the Senate, and taking on the roll of a senator to deliberate and vote on the bill.

Current policy topics available for Today’s Vote in the Classroom include:
Assault Weapons and Mass Shootings
Climate Change
Confederate Monuments
Court Orders and Cybersecurity
DACA and the DREAM Act
Food Labeling
Intellectual Property
Mandatory Minimum Sentences
Minimum Wage
Prescription Drug Pricing
Regulation of Commercial Drones
Voting Rights Restoration