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Date of Award

Spring 6-10-2016

Author Requested Restriction

Open Access (no restriction)

Work Type

Ed.D. Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Educational Leadership (EdD)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Rich Knuth

Second Advisor

Kathleen Beaudoin

Third Advisor

Forrest Griek


This study addressed the overarching question, What are the perceptions, beliefs, and attitudes of school principals in Washington State related to professional isolation? Principals are reportedly leaving the profession due to high work demands, lack of support, and feelings of isolation experienced in their work. By analyzing data obtained from a survey of school principals in Washington State, this study investigated perceived factors that contribute to professional isolation and the perceived impact of professional isolation on factors such as work performance. Also explored are systems of collaboration that have the potential to lessen the impacts of professional isolation. The survey data, and conclusions based on the data, inform recommendations for the design and implementation of two collaborative systems: principal mentoring programs and principal professional learning communities.