Almost immediately after his high school classroom experiences, he worked at a Job Corp Center with
adolescents, most of whom came from the inner city. In 1967 when the company that managed the job corps wanted
to re-define his role and move him into "corporate" he resigned and went to work for a non-profit
private school for neurologically impaired children. He started as a speech and language clinician. During his
second year with the Adams School Inc., the director of the school suddenly left. Allan was appointed
"Acting Director" of that site. Over the next few years as Executive Director he opened six more
campuses in New York City, one in New Jersey and one in Atlanta, Georgia. By 1978 he had become CEO of Adam
School Incorporated, at that time the largest special educational corporation of its kind.
In 1978 Allan, with a partner founded the Barnstable Academy, a tax paying school designed to meet the
educational needs of children with a variety of special needs. For the next 19 years he continued providing
excellent learning experiences for literally hundreds of students.
In 1997 he founded Sage Educational Enterprises a proprietary school for children with emotional problems.
In 1999 he sold his interest in Barnstable Academy and semi-retired to the Birkshire Mountains of
Massachusetts but continued his work with Sage and in fact, opened two additional campuses in New Jersey.
In 2006 Allan, responding to the increasing need for a program for children with major and serious
psychotic disorders, returned to New Jersey. It was then he and his partner, the Executive Director of High
Focus Centers, founded Cornerstone Day School. So that he could devote his full efforts to Cornerstone and his
exceptionally fragile population, Allan sold his interest in Sage.
By 2008 Cornerstone had developed a program that is now recognized as the premier program in New Jersey for
psychiatric adolescents. To provide for the influx of new students at that time, Cornerstone moved into a
newly rennovated and expanded facility which was designed specifically to meet both the education and clinical
needs of these students.
In 2009, Allan and his partner founded Effective School Solutions, ESS. This Cornerstone Day School
initiative provides clinical services in the public schools. The enormous down-turn of the economy that
translated to huge budget cuts made it important that school districts find ways to provide comprehensive
quality clinical services to their students without sending them to "out of district" schools.
Although only created last year, ESS can now be found in four New Jersey Counties and is expected to expand
elsewhere in the state by the end of next year. Effective School Solutions is an example of public-private
partnership where all are winners, there are no losers. ESS brings quality mental health services to public
school children without sending them out of the district.
Allan explains, "We deal primarily with children who have emotional problems or behavioral problems.
The severely disturbed and mentally ill still have to be sent out of the district, but this is a relatively
small number compared to the mildly disturbed. Our program provides individual, group, and family therapy for
a specific number of identified children. We also serve as consultants to the child study teams, provide
parent workshops, and conduct in-service programs for the staff. For some districts we can also provide a
consulting psychiatrist when necessary. It is our intent over the next three years to expand this cost saving
public school program to other states. There are so many children that public schools will never really be
able to take care of unless they have help by partnering with private education. When asked about retiring
again he said, "After 47 years in the field, I don't even think about slowing down."
We here at The International Academy for Educational Entrpreneurism - IAEE are not alone in our praise of
Allan Blau. Jim Williams, the Executive Director of NIPSA, the National Independent Private Schools
Association, upon learning of our recognizing Allan as our "Entrepreneur of the year" volunteered
the following: "Allan is a real go-getter. He was our president for eight years. He is currently our Vice
President for Therapeutic and Alternative Schools. In that role he not only helped develop our standards for
therapeutic certification and accreditation he has served both as a member and as the chair of visiting
committees. He has been and continues to be an enthusiastic member of our Board."
All of us interested in Educational Entrepreneurship, as a concept which encourages schools and colleges to
insure the learning, practical application and appreciation of the skills and values of the entrepreneur by
students they serve should be excited and encouraged by the life of Dr. Allan Blau.