Paul Baumann is director of the National Center for Learning and Civic Engagement, an institute within the Education Commission of the States. At ECS, Baumann’s work focuses on assisting state education leaders in developing policy related to civic education and civic engagement of P-20 students. He earned his doctorate in education policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, where his research focused on issues of teacher quality, teacher education and teacher compensation. Prior to attending UMD, Baumann taught vocal music for 10 years at a private high school in suburban Maryland and in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He was elected to three terms on the board of directors of the Organization of American Kodály Educators – a national professional association of music educators – serving as its secretary from 2002 to 2007 and, currently, as its president.