In 1986, Institute Director James R. Vivian testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities at the invitation of Senator. Dale Bumpers (R-AK) in support of "A Bill to Provide a National Program for Improving the Quality of Instruction in the Humanities in Public and Private Elementary Schools" that had been introduced by Senator Bumpers. Vivian offered testimony at hearings also in 1985, 1990, 1991, and 1992.
Testimony of James R. Vivian, Director, at a Field Hearing of the Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities on School Reform in Connecticut: Lessons for Our Nation, held at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut on September 3, 1992.
Written Testimony of James R. Vivian, Director, the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, before the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies, April 19, 1991.
On March 15, 1990, Institute Director James R. Vivian testified before the House Committee on Education and Labor hearings on "The Twenty-First Century Teachers Act" (H.R. 4130). The bill would have authorized the creation of Teachers Institutes throughout the country and provided funding for five years.
James R. Vivian testified before the Subcommittee on Education, Arts, and Humanities regarding reauthorization of the Higher Education Act at the invitation of Senator Robert T. Stafford of Vermont, Chairman of the Subcommittee.