CAMDEN — A plan to offer a variety of professional development workshops for teachers on early release days is drawing high marks from Superintendent Joe Ferrell and members of the Camden Board of Education.

Yolanda Anderson, chief academic officer for the Camden County Schools, presented a report on the 2019-20 professional development plan to the school board at its meeting Thursday night.

Camden uses afternoon hours on early release days to provide professional development opportunities for teachers and school administrators. Anderson said the plan for this year was based on feedback from teachers on the offerings from the past school year.

Anderson said she’s excited about this year’s professional development plan because it has been tailored to what teachers said they wanted and needed.

Staff from the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics plan to attend one of the sessions to present ways to strengthen math instruction.

Other topics planned for this year include mental health, behavioral support, exceptional children, self care, digital learning, CPR and AED (automated electronic defibrillator) training, adaptive physical education, and social and emotional needs of gifted students.

Sessions designed for school administrators are also planned.

Ferrell said the professional development plan is an example of why the school district added Anderson’s chief academic officer position last year. Ferrell thanked the board for supporting the administrative staff realignment that included the addition of her position.

“This is why we have that position,” Ferrell said. “This is the best professional development plan that I personally have ever seen.”

In another matter, the board voted unanimously to change Friday, Sept. 20 from a teacher workday to a regular school day in order to make up time missed due to Hurricane Dorian.