Alex Herring Grant
|About Alex Herring
The Alex Herring Instructional Grant is an annual grant providing a resource for faculty and staff at Morrison Academy to foster and encourage innovative, interactive scholarship and instill in students the love of learning and exploration that characterized the life of Alex Herring.
Donations to this fund will be invested in conservative mutual funds. The amount of this annual grant will be based on the annual investment revenue. Any Morrison Academy employees may apply for this instruction grant. Grants will be awarded to programs that demonstrate innovative instructional techniques and impact a large number of students. The Director of Finance, in consultation with the Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, will determine the amount and recipient(s) of the award.
In the event Morrison ever ceases to exist as a school, the account balance will be transferred to Furman University in Greenville, SC to be managed in a similar fashion for the same purpose.
- Application completed
- Principal support and approval
- Achievement of Purpose (rating: 1 no evident, 2 slightly evident, 3 moderately evident, 4 very evident, 5 extremely evident)
- Innovative learning (a new method, idea, or device)
- Interactive learning (characteristics or qualities of two-way learning)
- Instill a love of learning and exploration
- Impacting a large number of students
- Applications will be reviewed within a two-week time frame. Grants will be awarded throughout the school year.
- Coordinate communication with Director of Learning to access grant money.
- Grant money should be spent before the end of the school year (May)
- Immediate implementation
- Summary Report: A brief slide show submitted to the Director of Learning by the end of the school year in which the grant was received. The slide show should include:
- Name of Project
- Name(s) of those who won the grant
- A slide (or more) describing the highs and lows of the project.
- Two pictures (or more) of project in action
- Recommendation as to whether Morrison Academy should pursue this project on a greater scale.
|Makeymakeys for MAT and MAC
|Matt Saw and Crystal Liao
|Taipei and Taichung (K-5)
|Video Green Screen
|Coding, Design, and Robotics for All
|The Little Innovator
|iPads, Apple Pencils and Procreate for Student Art and Digital Design
|Fitbit Health/Exercise Tracker
|ClassKick Resource Platform
|IXL Math and ELA
|Andy Wu and Missy Basnett
|3D Printing for MAC Engineering&Design / HS MakerSpace
|MAT Maker Space Dream Part 2
|Makey Makey STEM Pack Classroom Invention Literacy Kit
|MAT MakerSpace Dream
|Music and Media Innovation
|Xiaomi Phones for Video Recording
|3D Modeling from Real Life
|Sensory Integration Project
|Brian Vander Haak, Alice Wang, Joshua Smith, Stephanie Lee
|Dan Basnett, Rachel West, Joe Torgeson, Mark Griffin, Albert Tam
|Kindergarten Exploratory Learning Tools
|Laurie Smith, Natalie Saw, Linda Krause
|Virtual Reality - Bringing the World to our students through Experiential Learning- hand held devices and VR glasses class set
|Randy Schmidt, Josh Smith
|Learning Environment redesign- non-traditional seating
|Cooperative Learning Spaces- non-traditional seating
|Kelli Dingus, Katie Ellis
|HS Robotics Kit
|Lights, Camera, Action!: student iPods for video
|Explain Everything for Students by Students (research app)
|1:1 iPads for ELL
|Cathleen Lin, Christina Stowers
|Next Level Video - professional camera for Shark Show and video classes
|3D Printing Fleet
|Dan Basnett, Tony Love, Scott Pagel
|The LEAP Center (Sensory Lab): Learning Enhancement and Achievement Program
|Freddie Wagner, Caryn Camp
|SmartMusic for Middle and High School Music at MAK
|Brianna Zrinsky, Hsin-Yen Lin, Joe Torgerson
|Embracing Taiwan's Nuclear Future?
|Heart Rate Monitors Helping Student Improve Fitness
|Don Dwight, Dondi Peleo
|Interactive Chinese Language Learning
|MIY "Measure it Yourself" Science with LabQuest 2
|The Sky’s the Limit – Teaching Our Kids to Explore God’s Glory Through His Creation
|Adrienne Ruegg, Curtis Quick
|iPad for ELL and Special Needs
|Andy Wu, Charlie Aldag, Lynn Saye, Fei-Ting Chang, Sam Lago
|Whisper Phones & Keep Books
|Student Video Blitz
|21st Century Readers’ Library & Kindle
|Formative Assessment Through Technology Application
Corey Baden, Curtis Quick
|SMARTer Document Camera
|Sandra Chow, Ginann Franklin
|Video Lab/Studio and Multimedia Class
|Using Calculators in Middle School Math
|Marion Knutson, Jenny Griffin
|Senteo Interactive Response System in English Class
|Vernier LabQuest Units
|Flip Video Cameras
|Instant Response System for Student Feedback
|Cris Laytham, Matt Strange
|High School Counseling
|High School Counseling
Herring Grant Application
The Herring Grant Application form can also be found in the Staff quicklinks.
About Alex Herring
James Alexander Herring was born in Tai An, Shandong, China on February 1, 1905, the fifth of six children of Southern Baptist missionary, David Wells Herring, and his Australian wife, Alice Rea Herring.
Growing up in China, Alex developed a love of China’s culture and her people, and after seminary training, returned as a missionary in 1935 with his wife, Nan Trammell Herring, and their infant son. Global conflict and civil strife interrupted several terms of service in China. In 1957, Alex and Nan arrived in Taiwan and continued their ministry in Kaohsiung, Taichung, and finally Taitung until their retirement in 1970. With two children in attendance at Morrison Academy, he served on the Board of Trustees during Morrison’s formative years of 1958 through 1961.
Though he would never have described himself as a scholar, Alex Herring had a love of learning and an insatiable curiosity about God’s creation and the physical world around him. He was a preacher, an astronomer, a botanist, a naturalist, a zoologist, an artist, and an inventor. He often employed the visual in learning and teaching, and in 1968 compiled a Chinese-English dictionary which codified Chinese characters by four digits representing the strokes and radicals in each of the four corners of the character. He would often use the intricacies of Chinese characters to illustrate the truths of the Gospel.
He was committed to life-long learning and eagerly adopted new technologies. Only months before his death in 1995 at the age of 90, he was using a computer to edit and expand his 1968 dictionary for a second printing.
The Alex Herring Instructional Grant is provided as a resource for faculty and staff at Morrison Academy to foster and encourage innovative and interactive learning while instilling in students the love of learning and exploration that characterized the life of Alex Herring.