The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate makes lesson plans and curriculum materials available for download by the educational community and learners of all ages.
Facilitated Virtual and Onsite School Programs
The Kennedy Institute is offering live virtual programs, facilitated by Institute staff, for the 2020-2021 school year. Participants will join a video conference for an interactive virtual program that invites students to delve into and discuss important national issues. The Institute is also offering onsite visits on a limited basis.
Seat at the Table Lesson Plan
“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” – Shirley Chisholm Inspired by Shirley Chisholm’s famous words and life story, the Kennedy Institute launches the Seat at the Table project in Fall 2018. The Institute invites individuals, schools, and community organizations to think about why diversity of representation is vital and what necessary contributions we each bring to the table when we pull up a chair.
Civics At Home
These activities for children and teens encourage young people to think about how our government works, how they can make a difference in their communities and how to take action on issues that are important to them.
Students and Teachers
This collection includes resources to help young people explore issues of public policy and civic action, as well as materials for educators.
Discovery quality online civics resources from some of our partner organizations.
Lion of the Senate: Digital Exhibit
Experience and engage with our digital exhibit Lion of The Senate: The Legislative Accomplishments of Senator Edward M. Kennedy to learn more about the Institute’s founder.
Experiencing Exhibits FAQ’s
Learn the answers to some “Frequently Asked Questions” about the Senate, voting, civic leaders, history, and more, through short videos.