Manhattan Media and Fordham University will host and honor 21 of New York City’s top teachers from public and private schools at the Blackboard Awards for Teachers, emceed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, on Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m., at the McNally Amphitheatre, Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center campus.

TIME:       6:30 P.M. COCKTAILS, 7:15 P.M. AWARDS
140 W. 62nd ST., NEW YORK, N.Y.

This year the Blackboard Awards sponsors pay tribute to city teachers who make all the difference in their students’ lives. Award winners are chosen by polling parents, students and educators, and by soliciting nominations via the Blackboard Awards website. Manhattan Media created the awards in 2002 to highlight notable achievements by schools across all of New York’s educational systems.

Frank McCourt

McCourt, the evening’s master of ceremonies, is the author ofAngela’s Ashes (Harper Perennial, 2005) and Teacher Man (Simon & Schuster, 2005), and taught for 27 years in New York City public schools. Angela’s Ashes won the National Book Critics Circle Award, theLos Angeles Times Book Award, the ABBY Award and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography.

Manhattan Media publishes the community newspapers Our Town, Our Town Downtown, City Hall, The West Side Spirit, Chelsea Clinton News and The Westsider. In addition to Manhattan Media and Fordham University, the Blackboard Awards for Teachers are co-sponsored by BrainPOP, the City University of New York, the United Federation of Teachers and World-Wide Holdings.

For more information on the awards, contact Stephanie Musso at (212) 894-5441,[email protected], or visit


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