Delaware Dropout Prevention Summit

Summit Location Details/Start and End Times: Sheraton Dover Hotel and Conference Center 


Governor Ruth Ann Minner and Secretary of Education Valerie Woodruff hosted 450 participants to discuss and begin work on the creation of a statewide dropout prevention plan. Presenters included Bob Wise from the Alliance for Excellent Education, Bob Balfanz, Johns Hopkins University and U.S Senator Thomas Carper.

  • Prior to the summit the Governor’s Office hosted a series of regional youth engagement events understand the student perspective on why young people dropout of high school in Delaware.
  • A video was created capturing the highlights of the gathering and viewed at the summit

Summit Planning Team:



Ruth Ann Minner

Governor, State of Delaware

Valerie Woodruff

Secretary of Education

Judi Coffield

DDOE, Education Associate MS/HS Support

Sally Coonin

Governor’s Education Policy Analyst

Susan Haberstroh

DDOE, Policy and Regulations

Kim Hoffman

Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Education

The following partners assisted in the implementation of the summit, specifically as panelists, speakers, and discussion leaders:  Communities In Schools of Delaware, Jobs for Delaware’s Graduate, Junior Achievement of Delaware, United Way of Delaware, the Delaware Mentoring Council and State Farm, WSFS Bank and J.P. Morgan Chase

Delaware's Dropout Prevention Action Plan