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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning

Cathy Marks Krpan
Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

phone: (416) 978-0099
phone: 416-978-0099

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education

Research Overview

Dr. Cathy Marks Krpan is a former classroom teacher and district education consultant. She teaches mathematics education courses in the graduate programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. An award-winning educator and author, Cathy's current publication, Teaching Math with Meaning was released in 2017. Cathy presents to educators, district leaders and parents across North America, Asia, and Europe on effective ways to engage students in learning mathematics.

Cathy's primary research interests in mathematics education focus on how to support students who struggle and English Language Learners. Her current research projects focus on mathematical think-alouds and the development of student argumentation. Cathy enjoys facilitating research in classrooms, learning alongside teachers and students. She is currently part of the editorial team of the NCTM Journal Teaching Children Mathematics.

Academic History

Ph. D. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
Science, Mathematics and Technology Education

M. Ed. Brock University, St. Catharines
Mathematics Education

Representative Publications


Marks Krpan, C. (2018). Teaching math with meaning: Cultivating self-effficacy through learning competencies. Toronto, ON: Pearson Education

Marks Krpan, C. (2017). Open Spaces. In D. Booth & Richard Coles (Eds.), What is a good teacher? (pp. 89- 92). Toronto, ON: Pembroke Publishers.

Marks Krpan, C. (2017).  Placemats to Facilitate Thinking  In L. Swartz (Ed). Take me to your reader (pp 34-35). Pembroke Publishers.

Marks Krpan, C. (2014). Infusing world views in mathematical understanding/thinking in micro-global communities in Ontario.  In M.Evans, K.Broad (Eds.). School University Partnerhips Creatve Educations,OISE

Stagg Peterson, S., Mark Krpan, C.,  (2013).  University faculty, colleagues and teachers' federation as mentors in collaborative action research. McGill Journal of Education. 45(2). 257-274.

Marks Krpan, C. (2011). Supporting struggling learners through collaborative problem solving in mathematics: Examining the impact on student success. In C. Rolheiser, M. Evans, & M. Gambir (eds.), Inquiry into practice: Reaching every student through inclucive  curriuclum (pp.101-117).  Toronto, Ontario: Ontario Institute for the Studies in Education.

Marks Krpan, (2011) Engaging struggling learners in group problem solving in mathematics (C. Rolheiser, Ed.) School University Partnerships: Creative Connections, OISE, 110-117.

Peterson, S., Marks Krpan, C., & Swartz, L. (2010). University faculty, colleagues and teachers’ federation as mentors in collaborative action research. McGill Journal of Education, 45(2), 257-274.


Research Grants and Contracts

2017 Identifying Mathematical Knowledge in Student Argumentations
2014 Exploration of Mathematical Proofs in Elementary Classrooms
2012 English Language Learners in Global Classrooms
2010 Exploring Math Pedagogy through Action Research
2009 Approaches to Problem Solving with English Language Learners
2008 Action Research and Teacher Collaboration in Mathematics
2007 Math Talk and its Impact on Student Learning: An Action Research Approach

Honours and Awards

Nominee, OISE Teaching Excellence Award, 2012
Nominee, OISE Teaching Excellence Award, 2011
Nominee, OISE Teaching Award, 2006
Recipient, OISE Student Teacher's Union Instructor of the Year Award, 2002, and 2004
Teacher's Choice Award, 2006, for Teacher Resources Math Readers, Abrams Publishers