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A Job ‘Whale’ Done Motivates Pittsburgh Students

WTAE.com | March 26, 2010

Students at one Pittsburgh public school were once labeled as “out of control.” Now, Schaeffer Elementary School is being recognized locally and nationally as a model for turning around troubled students.

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DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS PLUMMET AFTER SUCCESS OF SCHAEFFER PRINCIPAL’S PLAN

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | June 8, 2009

Thad Lacinak and Chuck Tompkins made careers out of jumping into a pool with killer whales weighing 5,000 to 10,000 pounds.

In a manner of speaking, Cynthia Zurchin jumps into a pool every day, too. As principal of Pittsburgh Schaeffer K-8′s Primary Campus in Crafton Heights, she’s responsible for about 185 sometimes-rambunctious students in kindergarten through third grade.

(http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09159/975854-53.stm)

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EVERY STUDENT AT SCHAEFFER ELEMENTARY IS A SHINING STAR

Green Tree Times | October 1, 2008

The second strategy the Schaeffer team implemented is both effective and fun. Using the principles in the book, “Whale Done”, ( by Ken Blanchard) the faculty and staff acknowledge and reinforce any positive behavior in students.

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A JOB WHALE DONE AT PITTSBURGH SCHAEFFER

The Pittsburgh Educator | September 17, 2008

Since implementing “Whale Done!” one year ago, Pittsburgh Schaeffer K-8 Primary Campus has reduced the overall suspension rate by 30 percent.

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Publications

Books & Booklets

 

Blanchard, K., Lacinak, T., Tompkins, C., Ballard, J. (2002). Whale Done!: The Power of Positive Relationships. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc.

 

Blanchard, K., Lacinak, T., Tompkins, C., Ballard, J. (2009). Whale Done Parenting: How to Make Parenting a Positive Experience for You and Your Kids. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

 

Skurski, M., Millwood, A., MacPhee, M. (2006) The Games People Play: A Behavioral Husbandry Activity Guide. Published by Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Natural Encounters, Inc., Orlando, FL

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Papers, Articles, Presentations and Abstracts

Lacinak, C.T. 1977. “Advantages of Random and Interrupted Reinforcement with Pinnipeds,” Oral Presentation, Annual Meeting, International Marine Animal Trainers Association.

McHugh, M.B., and C.T. Lacinak, 1990. “Symbolic Tone Language for Use with Odontocete Cetaceans.” Abstract, Annual Meeting, International Marine animal Trainers Association.

Odell, Daniel K.; Andrews, Brad F.; and Lacinak, Clinton T. 1991. “Biology of the Killer Whale Orcinus orca: Growth of Captive Born Calves.” Abstract, Ninth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals.

Turner, Ted N.; Lacinak, Clinton T.; Tompkins, Charles D.; Scarpuzzi, Michael R., and Force, David L. 1991. “Husbandry Training at Sea World.” Abstract, Annual Meeting, International Marine Animal Trainers Association.

McHugh, Mark B., Kuczaj, Stan A., Lacinak, Clinton T. 1991. “Evidence for a Critical Period in the Acquisition of a Symbolic Auditory Cueing System by Killer Whales, Orcinus orca.” Abstract, Ninth Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals.

Lacinak, Clinton, T., Turner, Ted N., McHugh, Mark B. 1992. “Behavioral Enrichment with Marine Mammals,” Oral Presentation, Annual Meeting, American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums.

Turner, T., Lacinak, C.T., Kuczaj, S.A., II, McHugh, M.B., Force, D.L., Scarpuzzi, M.R., Tompkins, C.D. 1992. “Behavioral Development of Captive Born Killer Whale Orcinus orca Calves: The First Year.” 20th Annual Meeting, International Marine Animal Trainers Association.

Stevens, B., LeBlanc, D., Gutman, R., Kirkpatrick, N., Chag, M., Millwood, A. 1996 “The Nose Knows: Olfactory Enrichment for Fruit Bats,” The Shape of Enrichment, 5 (2), 4-5.

Millwood, A. 1997 “Effectiveness of Elizabethan Collars on Flying Foxes,” In Proceedings of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Regional Conference, Memphis, Tennessee.

Millwood, A. 1998 “Enrichment for Old World Fruit Bats,” In A.A.Z.K. Enrichment Committee (Ed.), American Association of Zoo Keepers Enrichment Notebook, Topeka, Kansas: A.A.Z.K., Inc.

Kuczaj. S.A. II, Lacinak, C.T., Fad, O., Tompkins, C. 1998. “Why Do Environmental Enrichment Devices (EEDs) Become Less Enriching?” Pg. 167. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Environmental Enrichment.

Millwood, A., Hylton, J. 1999 “Lion Enrichment and Training at Disney’s Animal Kingdom,” Poster Presented at the Felid Tag Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Scarpuzzi, M. R., T. N. Turner, C. D. Tompkins, C. T. Lacinak, and S. A. Kuczaj, 1999. The Use of the ‘Least Reinforcing Scenario’ in a Proactive Training Program. Abstract, 27th Annual Conference, International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Chicago, IL, 6 10 Dec. 1999.

Millwood, A., MacPhee, M. 2000 “Organizational Techniques to Foster Consistency in Animal Training Programs,” In Proceedings of the American Association of Zoo Keepers National Conference, Columbus, Ohio.

Lacinak, C. T., M. R. Scarpuzzi, C. Tompkins, D. Force, S. Clark, and D. Roberts, 2000. Animal interaction programs, Busch Entertainment Corporation. Abstracts, 28th International Conference, International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Playa del Carmen, Mexico. 22-28 October 2000, 28:16.

Surovik, L. P., C. T. Lacinak, C. D. Tompkins, M. R. Scarpuzzi, J. S. Mairot, J. Andrews, and T. R. Robeck, 2001. Training techniques utilized in the first successful artificial insemination of a cetacean. Abstract, Proceedings, 29th Annual Conference, International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Albuquerque, NM, 28 Oct-2 Nov 2001., 29:19.

Lacinak, T., and S. Kaczaj, 2003 “When is environmental enrichment most effective?” Annual Conference Proceedings, The Animal Behavior Management Alliance, Tampa, FL.

Wagener, T., Bommarito, M., Millwood, A. 2003 “Enrichment and Animal Training Meet the Internet: Interactive Web-Based Resources for Animal Managers Around the World,” In Proceedings of the 6th Annual International Conference on Environmental Enrichment, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Lacinak, T. 2003 “Proactive Aggression Reduction in a Zoological Environment,” American Zoo and Aquarium Assoc.

Millwood, A., Evans, D. 2005 “Ridin The Storms Out,” In Proceedings of the 2005 Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Houston, Texas. Recipient: Animal Welfare Advancement Award.

Andrews, J., Boos, M., Fad, O., Lacinak, T., Young, G. 2005 “Elephant Management: Making the Change,” ABMA Conference, Houston, TX.

Millwood, A. 2005 “Little Time Expenditure, Big Time Success,” In Proceedings of the 2005 Reptile and Amphibian Training and Enrichment Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Lacinak,T., Tompkins, C., 2005 “Whale Done Approach, Keys to Animal Training/People Training,” AZA Annual Conference, Sept. 13-18.

Skurski, M., Millwood, A. 2006 “The Games People Play,” In Proceedings of the 2006 Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, San Diego, California.

Millwood, A. 2007 “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” Oral Leadership Workshop, Annual Conference, Animal Behavior Management Alliance, Western Caribbean.

Yordi, R., Lacinak, T. 2007 “Training Gray Wolves (Canis lupus) as Conservation Ambassadors at BGW,” North American Wolf Conference.

Millwood, A., Lacinak, T. 2010 “Apex Predator Interaction: Behavioral Observations of In-Situ Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) and Human Contact at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico,” In Proceedings of the 2010 Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Lacinak, T. 2010 “Safety and Responsibility in Zoological Environments,” In Proceedings of the 2010 International Marine Animal Trainers Association Conference, Boston, Massachusetts. Recipient: Education Award.

Andrews, J., Lacinak, T. 2010 “The Utilization of Operant Conditioning Techniques Developed by the Marine Mammal Industry to Enhance Terrestrial Animal Training Programs,” Oral Workshop, Annual Conference of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, Boston, Massachusetts.

Millwood, A., Lacinak, T. 2011 “The Aversives Spectrum,” In Proceedings of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Denver, Colorado.
Lacinak, T., Fad, O., Priest, G., Menard, M., Barnhart, T. 2011 “Media, Ethics, & Teamwork Panel Discussion,” Oral Presentation/ Discussion at the Animal Behavior Management Alliance Conference, Denver, Colorado. Recipient: Impact Award.