Alex Herring Grant

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Introductions

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.

Refer to Procedure 350 Alex Herring Instructional Grant


Grant Details

Purpose:  Provide a resource for 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.
Applicants:  Any Morrison Academy employee may apply for this instruction grant as long as the grant idea outlines how they believe the program will "demonstrate innovative instructional techniques that will impact a large number of students." The application for this grant can be found in the staff links. (Alex Herring Grant Application)
Rubric Criteria
  • 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
Awarding Grant
  • Applications will be reviewed within a two-week time frame.  Grants will be awarded throughout the school year.
Awarded Grant Responsibilities
  • 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.

Grant Awardees

Awardees of Alex Herring Instructional Grant

Click on the projects for the grant proposal that was submitted. For all summary reports available on the project, click here.

School Year Project Campus
2016-17 Kindergarten Exploratory Learning Tools
(Laurie Smith, Natalie Saw, Linda Krause)
Multi-campus
(K)
Virtual Reality - Bringing the World to our students through Experiential Learning- hand held devices and VR glasses class set
(Randy Schmidt, Josh Smith)
Multi-campus
(K-8)
Learning Environment redesign- non-traditional seating
(Sunnie Gulliver)
Taichung
(HS)
Cooperative Learning Spaces- non-traditional seating
(Kelli Dingus, Katie Ellis)
Taichung
(1-2)
2015-16 HS Robotics Kit
(Dan Basnett)
Taichung
(HS)
Lights, Camera, Action!: student iPods for video
(Mark Griffin)
Kaohsiung
(K-12)
Explain Everything for Students by Students-
research app
(Albert Tam)
Kaohsiung
(6-12)
1:1 iPads for ELL
(Cathleen Lin and Christina Stowers)
Kaohsiung
(K-8)
Next Level Video- professional camera for Shark Show and video classes
(Mark Griffin)
Kaohsiung
(K-12)
2014-15 3D Printing Fleet
(Dan Basnett, Tony Love, Scott Pagel)
Multi-campus
The LEAP Center (Sensory Lab): Learning Enhancement and Achievement Program
(Freddie Wagner & Caryn Camp)
Taichung
(EMS)
SmartMusic for Middle and High School Music at MAK
(Brianna Zrinsky, Hsin-Yen Lin, Joe Torgerson)
Kaohsiung
(Secondary)
2013-14
Embracing Taiwan's Nuclear Future?
(Albert Tam)
Kaohsiung
(HS)
Heart Rate Monitors Helping Student Improve Fitness
(Don Dwight, Dondi Peleo)
Taichung
(P.E. K-12)
2012-13
Interactive Chinese Language Learning
(Grace Heebner)
Taichung (EMS)
MIY "Measure it Yourself" Science with LabQuest 2
(Albert Tam)
Kaohsiung
2011-12
The Sky’s the Limit – Teaching Our Kids to Explore God’s Glory Through His Creation
(Adrienne Ruegg & Curtis Quick)
Bethany
(Taipei)
iPad for ELL and Special Needs
(Andy Wu, Charlie Aldag, Lynn Saye, Fei-Ting Chang, & Sam Lago)
Taichung
(HS)
Whisper Phones & Keep Books
(Ruth Ullstrom)
Kaohsiung
2010-11
Student Video Blitz
(Mark Griffin)
Kaohsiung
21st Century Readers’ Library & Kindle
(Cris Laytham)
Kaohsiung
Formative Assessment Through Technology Application
(Corey Baden & Curtis Quick)
Bethany
(Taipei)
2009-10
SMARTer Document Camera
(Sandra Chow & Ginann Franklin)
Bethany
(Taipei)
Video Lab/Studio and Multimedia Class
(Doug Taylor)
Taichung
(HS)
2008-09
Using Calculators in Middle School Math
(Marion Knutson & Jenny Griffin)
Kaohsiung
Senteo Interactive Response System in English Class
(Matt Sparrow)
Taichung
(HS)
2007-08
Schoolblox
(Ruth Ullstrom)
Kaohsiung
Vernier LabQuest Units
(Mark Senner)
Bethany
(Taipei)
Flip Video Cameras
(Ginann Franklin)
Bethany
(Taipei)
2006-07
Instant Response System for Student Feedback
(Cris Laytham & Matt Strange)
Kaohsiung
2005-06 High School Counseling
Taichung
(HS)
Randy Schmidt
Taichung
(MS)
2004-05 Geoff Grosenbach Kaohsiung

Herring Grant Application

The Herring Grant Application form can also be found in the Staff quicklinks.

Alex Herring Grant Application


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.