Manila teacher writes book to help others

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Manila educator Rodney Lancaster -- "Coach," as he is called by his students -- can now add author to his list of accomplishments. Lancaster's book, "I Survived the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program," has been published.

Rodney Lancaster

The book contains two years of class reflections and has been six months in the making. Lancaster sent the manuscript to Publish America not knowing what reaction he would receive. There was an interest and now his book has been published and he hopes it can help others going through the doctoral process.

The back cover carries an explanation of how the book became a reality. It reads: Indocti discant, ament meminisse periti (Let the unlearned learn, let the experts love to remember.)

"One thought that has repeatedly created a maelstrom within me is how much easier the educational doctoral arena might have been if someone would have handed me a book and said 'read this.' It's from a former doc student," Lancaster said. "But, alas, no one did because there was nothing out there but word of mouth. Now, and not magically, this is a book with hard earned lessons, reflected on from an educational leadership doctoral program. While I had to learn everything the hard way, new graduate students might benefit from my experiences and what I learned. That is the purpose of 'I Survived the Educational leadership Doctoral Program.'"

Lancaster said the book is 80 percent reflections from the classroom and 20 percent research.

Lancaster is the Alternative Learning Environment teacher at Manila High School. He has taught in the Manila District for nine years.

"My kids think it is great," Lancaster said."I've have heard them say, 'Coach, you have written a book. Are you famous?' I want to be an inspiration to my students."

He also wants the book to be helpful to students going through the Doctoral path.

"The Doctoral program is quite an experience," Lancaster said. "It has taught by some of the greatest minds around. You go into the program blind-sided. It is all original. Yes, looking back, I would do it again."

"I survived the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program" will be available at Barnes and Noble. There will be a book signing in the near future.

Lancaster is working on a book of quotations. He also has six years in research in a book he is writing on the significance of Free Masons in Public School. He has about 10 chapters complete and has two more to do.

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